There are six hospitals in Switzerland with Clinical Trial Units (CTUs) that originally received seed funds from the Swiss National Science Foundation. The SCTO coordinates the collaboration among these centres and supports them primarily in the following areas:
- Quality assurance: define and implement internationally recognised quality standards for conducting studies
- Data management: develop common guidelines in the areas of data management and project management
- Continued education and training coordination
The SCTO coordinates and moderates working groups on the above-mentioned topics.
The SCTO is the coordination office of the CTU network and also functions as its representative and contact for authorities, industry and the media.