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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.

Regulatory Affairs

The SCTO Platforms have their own website:
Tools & Resources: Our new website for academic clinical research professionals

With our new, user-friendly website, our platforms’ practical tools and resources are even more accessible for your day-to-day work. The website will be continually updated and expanded with additional tools, so it’s worth visiting regularly!



ad interim Isabelle Guilleret, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, CRC Lausanne


Keep up to date with Regulatory Affairs Watch

For the latest issue of the online magazine Regulatory Affairs Watch and all its previous issues visit the SCTO Platforms’ website: «Tools & Resources»

The online magazine Regulatory Affairs Watch (RA Watch) aims to reach a wide, national audience: human research professionals, investigators, (potential) sponsors, regulators, members of ethics committees, professional organisations and patient associations.

RA Watch shares, at regular intervals, news of a scientific and regulatory nature, from Switzerland and abroad: articles, events and publications. Furthermore, each issue features a deep dive on a particular topic, accompanied by views and opinions of different organisations. The online magazine is published in English only. 

The online magazine was launched in April 2019 by the Regulatory Affairs Platform. Learn more about their activities in the fact sheet below.

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September 2020

Electronic health record systems: A study site assessment template for Swiss clinical research sites

More and more frequently, electronic health record (EHR) systems provide source data for case report forms (CRFs) in clinical trials and research projects. These EHR systems must fulfil special regulatory requirements to be compliant with ICH-GCP guidelines and data protection laws. However, according to a survey conducted by the SCTO’s Regulatory Affairs (RA) Platform in 2019, many Swiss academic clinical research sites are not fully aware of the regulatory requirements.

To address this problem, members of the platform created a study site assessment template for EHR systems. On the one hand, this template is intended to help study sites check the conformity of their EHR systems that host the source data for clinical trials and research projects. On the other hand, it should enable sponsor-investigators to assess the suitability of the EHR systems used by study sites involved in their studies.

The template is aimed at Swiss study sites as well as Swiss sponsor-investigators who perform academic clinical research. With this template, the RA Platform aims to provide general assistance and help sites keep apace with digital developments and thus remain competitive and attractive clinical research locations.

Because the template is freely accessible to third parties outside the SCTO, it is important to follow the general instructions on the template’s cover page
EHR System Study Site Assessment Template

Summary of the online survey outlining EHR system use, experience, and needs of clinical research professionals in Switzerland (conducted in early 2019): 
Electronic health record systems at Swiss clinical trials sites: Usage, experience, and needs

Regulatory Affairs in brief

Regulatory affairs is a relatively new professional field. It emerged in the 1980s, when governments worldwide became compelled to better protect the public. Such protection includes ensuring that all medicines reaching society are optimally safe and effective. Regulatory professionals were developed to integrate sound regulatory practices into projects from start to finish, keeping them on the right legal track.

In the realm of clinical research, they assist their peers with clinical trials applications, from early days, ensuring that all the documents and processes accompanying a project are in place and are of the quality required. Regulatory affairs professionals assist in reviewing study plans (protocol) and preparing submissions to national authorities, amending as needed, placing the trial in a registry, and following it through with the final study reports. All documents must be reviewed, complete, scientifically accurate, in regulatory compliance, and presented so as to facilitate the review and approval process of the ethics committees and – if needed – of the competent authorities.