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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.

Education and careers

Becoming an expert and staying up to date

Clinical research offers diverse work opportunities for a broad range of professions. Professionals can, for example, become study nurses or investigators.

The SCTO coordinates a comprehensive range of training and further education courses that lead to professional qualifications or keep professionals up to date. Training opportunities include all mandatory courses certified by swissethics on Good Clinical Practice (GCP) as well postgraduate training and in-depth seminars.

Moreover, the SCTO organises different events for professionals, such as the Forum Clinical Research or the SCTO Symposium.

Furthermore, the European Patients' Academy EUPATI provides useful training material as well as an online resource library for patients and the public. The SCTO coordinates the contact to EUPATI.

Not-for-profit organisations can publish their vacancies on the SCTO's online job portal in order to find suitable professionals.

Further information about the requirements for courses on research ethics and GCP can be found on