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The SCTO is an independent organisation and is based on a joint initiative of the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences.

As of 2017, the SCTO is a research infrastructure of national importance funded by the State Secretariat of Education, Research and Innovation and the Swiss National Science Foundation.



The Swiss Clinical Trial Organisation (SCTO) aims to make a wide variety of high-quality information available through this website. It endeavours to provide this information in the correct form and according to the most current state of knowledge. However, the SCTO shall not be liable for the correctness, accuracy, or completeness of the information, or of ensuring that it is up to date. 

Furthermore, no legal rights can be derived from the information. The SCTO shall not be liable for any loss or damage that occur as a result of using this web portal, including but not limited to loss or damage arising from incorrect information or technical issues. In addition, the SCTO shall not be liable for the content and availability of other websites that can be accessed through links on the SCTO’s website. As a rule, the SCTO does not offer any online advice and a timely response to enquiries cannot be guaranteed. The SCTO reserves the right to cease operation of the website at any time and without prior warning and/or to amend, make additions to, or delete any or all content.


The overall content and structure of the SCTO website are protected by copyright. Downloading or printing individual pages or documents for personal, non-commercial use is permitted. Copying individual pages or documents for public, non-commercial purposes is permitted if our copyright and restrictions regarding commercial and further use are referenced. Further use requires prior written approval from the SCTO, in particular for complete or partial copying for commercial purposes, electronic distribution or distribution via other means, modification, and any connection to commercial and/or public use.

Data privacy statement

Who owns this website?

This website is operated by the Swiss Clinical Trial Organisation (SCTO). The SCTO is an independent organisation and is based on an initiative of the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences. The SCTO is organised as an association within the meaning of Art. 60 et seq. of the Swiss Civil Code, with its registered office in Bern.

Registered office and contact details:
ffingerstrasse 35
3008 Bern
+41 031 307 10 40

General data

When you access this website, information of a general nature is automatically collected. This information is recorded in the server log file and includes the type of web browser, the operating system used, the domain name of your Internet service provider, your IP address and the like. This serves

  • ensuring a trouble-free connection to the website
  • ensuring the smooth use of our website
  • the evaluation of system safety and stability, and
  • other administrative purposes.

Your data will not be used to draw conclusions about your person. Information of this kind is only evaluated statistically in order to optimise our Internet presence and the technology behind it. This data is stored for a maximum of 10 years.

Use of own cookies

When calling up certain pages, a so-called "session cookie" is set. This is a small text file that is automatically deleted from your computer at the end of the browser session. This file is used exclusively to be able to use certain applications. With most web browsers you can change the settings so that your browser does not accept new cookies or you can have cookies deleted. You can usually find out how this works for your browser by using its help function.


If you have subscribed to our newsletter with your e-mail address, we will store and use your e-mail address to send you our newsletter with information and advertising about us until you have unsubscribed from our newsletter.

For our newsletter service we use the newsletter service "Mailchimp" of Rocket Science Group LLC, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Suite 5000 Atlanta, GA 30308, USA.

If you enter your e-mail address to receive the newsletter, it will first be stored at MailChimp for the purpose of sending the owner an e-mail in which he/she can confirm subscription to the newsletter ("double opt-in"). After such confirmation, the e-mail address is permanently stored at MailChimp until you have unsubscribed from the newsletter or until it is deleted by us. MailChimp stores the date of registration and the IP address under which the registration was made. Your IP address will not be used further.

We would like to point out that the data collected and used via MailChimp is stored and processed on computers in the USA. With your consent to receive our newsletter, you agree to this. Furthermore, we have concluded a data-processing contract with MailChimp on the basis of the so-called EU standard contract clauses. Your e-mail address will not be passed on to third parties in any other way.

You can unsubscribe from our newsletter at any time. Every e-mail with our newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. You can also revoke your consent to the use of your e-mail address for the future, at any time. We will then delete your data after 10 years.

What rights do you have to your data?

You have the right to request information about the personal data we have processed about you. If we process your personal data on the basis of your consent, you have the right to revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future. Furthermore, you can – as far as legally permissible –  demand the correction, deletion, or restriction of the processing of your personal data. Finally, you have the right to complain to the responsible data protection authority.

How we protect your data

In order to protect the security of your data during transmission, we use state-of-the-art encryption procedures (e.g. SSL) via HTTPS.

Use of Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA (hereinafter: "Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will generally be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. However, due to the activation of IP anonymisation on these web pages, your IP address will be shortened by Google in advance within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to and truncated by Google on servers in the United States. On behalf of the website operator, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, compile reports on website activity and provide other services to the website operator, relating to website activity and internet usage. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics is not combined with other data from Google.

The purposes of data processing are to evaluate the use of the website and to compile reports on activities on the website. On the basis of the use of the website and the Internet, we can continuously improve our communication.

Writing styles

For the sake of readability, many texts are not written from both male and female perspectives. We would like to explicitly state that we address all genders equally throughout the entire website and in all documents.


Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in the SCTO.