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Associate members

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.

CTU network

CTU Network

CTU network

There are six hospitals in Switzerland with Clinical Trial Units (CTUs) that originally received seed funds from the Swiss National Science Foundation. The CTUs provide all the services needed to smoothly conduct clinical study projects. More information about all services offered by the CTUs is available in our fact sheet under Publications.


CTU network members
CTU Basel
CTU Bern
CTU Geneva
CTU Lausanne
CTU St.Gallen
CTU Zurich

Associate members
SPC Nottwil
EOC Ticino


The SCTO coordinates the collaboration among the CTUs and supports them in their activities.

Making Switzerland a more attractive location for research requires an optimisation and harmonisation of processes at national level. To this end, in 2017 platforms were set up which serve as excellence centres. Read more about our platforms under Services.

New members

The SCTO has created a new membership category for associate members. The relevant regulations and the conditions of admission are available here: