Swissmedic, the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products, is a public institution of the Swiss government. It is affiliated to the Federal Department of Home Affairs.
General legal basis
The legal basis of Swissmedic is the Federal Act on Medicinal Products and Medical Devices (Therapeutic Products Act - TPA). This act requires comprehensive enforcement powers. The individual ordinances can be consulted on this site.
The Pharmacopoeia (official compendium of medicines) contains compulsory quality regulations for pharmaceuticals, excipients and some medical devices.