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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.

Today's clinical research is tomorrow's medicine

For researchers and study personnel

Systematic, targeted development of young researchers

In order for Switzerland to remain an attractive location to conduct clinical trials, academic clinical research needs to have well-trained personnel that is able to conduct trials according to professional standards. The SCTO is committed to ensuring that interesting training and further education opportunities on current topics in clinical research are available to researchers. We also coordinate activities that implement the Federal Office of Public Health’s national roadmap for developing the next generation of clinical researchers. One impressive result of this roadmap is the Clinical Research Careers website, which helps guide young physicians along their career path with a variety of national support instruments.

Services for smoothly conducting clinical trial projects

The SCTO’s Clinical Trial Unit (CTU) Network provides all the services needed to smoothly conduct clinical trial projects. In addition, each CTU coordinates an SCTO Platform, which serves as a contact point for questions and focuses on one of the following key areas in clinical research: auditing, education, data management, monitoring, project management, regulatory affairs, safety, and statistics and methodology. SCTO Platforms offer clinical research professionals practical, freely accessible resources for their daily work on the Tools & Resources website.

Support for multicentre, multinational trials

One of the main objectives of our collaboration with the European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN) is to help researchers in Switzerland gain access to research infrastructures in Europe. ECRIN offers comprehensive management and consulting services for researchers involved in multicentre, multinational trials.

Patient and public involvement

Researchers who are planning a clinical research project and applying for potential funding are increasingly being required to document their plans for actively involving patients and the public (PPI) in the design and implementation of their research projects. Our PPI Fact Sheet explains what exactly is behind the concept of PPI, where and when PPI is possible, and who should be involved. In addition, our PPI Guide for Researchers helps researchers identify opportunities to include effective and meaningful PPI in their clinical trials.

For more information on these and other PPI-related topics, please visit the PPI section of our website.