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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.


Event calendar

16 January 2018

DACH Symposium on clinical trials: 11-12 June 2018 in Zurich

Together with the coordination centres for clinical studies in Germany and Austria, we warmly invite you to the second tri-national congress on clinical trials. Since the overwhelming response to the first such congress –  more than 550 participants attending the DACH Symposium of March 2016 held in Freiburg (D) – participants of this year’s event can again expect a richly diverse programme. As a special highlight, a live randomisation is planned at the close of the first day, intending to demonstrate in an amusing and expressive way how “flexible” study results can be.

The congress is aimed at all who are active in the field of clinical research, including professional groups working at trial sites as well as those in regular contact with trial site staff. Patients are welcome, too. Use this unique platform to exchange experiences within your field of expertise with hundreds of colleagues!

The 2nd DACH Symposium takes place on 11 and 12 June 2018 at the University of Zurich. The presentations and discussions at the three-nation congress are mainly held in German.

To learn more about the themes of the presentations and workshops that follow, which exhibitors are presenting their services and products onsite, and how to register, visit


15 January 2018

Evaluation of the Human Research Act: Departmental research projects

The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) is responsible for evaluating the efficacy of the Human Research Act (HRA). The results of this evaluation form the basis of any suggested improvements.

The FOPH conducts individual departmental research projects to monitor the impact of the law. As part of these departmental research efforts into human research, the FOPH commissions studies on specific issues. The findings form the basis of the evaluation of the law.

An overview of the projects so far can be found as of now under

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