Development Cooperation

In 2013 the Federal Council issued a revised mandate (PDF, 186 kB, 17.10.2017) to Swissmedic to conduct projects in the area of development cooperation, in conjunction with the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) and/or non-profit organizations, provided that the funding of the activities (at full cost) is guaranteed through the financial resources of the “International Cooperation Strategy 2013-2016” (of the SDC) and/or of the non-profit organizations. In addition, the independence and functioning of Swissmedic must not be put at risk by these activities.
In view of the above, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA) and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) agreed in January 2014 on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) (PDF, 138 kB, 22.01.2014) to improve and accelerate access to health interventions and therapeutic products in resource-constrained countries by strengthening regulatory systems. The overall aim of the project is to bring high-quality, life-saving medicines to patients as quickly as possible. This is to be achieved by leveraging and coordinating resources through cooperation between the three parties to the MoU and the WHO. The project will focus on supporting regulators in sub-Saharan African countries, although other regions may be targeted.

The overarching provisions of the MoU have been worked out more in detail to facilitate its implementation. Two project components have been developed: