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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.

Quality assurance

Moderation of the working group

Rosine Mucklow
Tel:  +41 61 260 10 43

Quality builds trust in research

Clinical research is research on humans for humans. As a result, quality plays a crucial role in clinical research: it shows respect for human dignity, individuality and health, and at the same time it increases the efficiency and relevance of research.

The SCTO actively contributes to research quality, for example by maintaining the Quality Assurance Working Group. Networking helps to pool knowledge and leverage synergies. The results of the working group, such as developing guidelines and tools, facilitate the work of researchers.

The Guidelines for Good Operational Practice (GGOP) are dedicated to the management of research infrastructures and the conduct of clinical research, focusing on data management, risk-adapted monitoring, training and education. Clear, harmonised and accessible processes build trust in research.

Researchers and authorities are particularly important partners within this area. SCTO representatives work closely with researchers and authorities and also contribute as experts to various external projects.


The guidelines are currently under revision.