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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.


"No" to the Limitation Initiative – Preserve favourable conditions for research and innovation in Switzerland

On 27 September 2020, the Swiss electorate will vote on the popular initiative called “For Moderate Immigration” (Limitation Initiative). This initiative calls for ending the free movement of people between Switzerland and the European Union, which is guaranteed by the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons (AFMP).

Passing the Limitation Initiative would have grave consequences for clinical research in Switzerland. For these reasons, the Swiss Clinical Trial Organisation (SCTO) joins the Swiss Science Council, the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences in their opposition to the Limitation Initiative and cautions that, if passed, this initiative would negatively impact Switzerland as a place to conduct research.

The statement of 25 August 2020 is available as PDF.

Further statements are available in German and French.