Mission statement of swissethics
swissethics is the umbrella organisation of the cantonal Ethics Committees.
swissethics' focus is the harmonisation and coordination of working procedures of the Ethics Committees and the promotion of high ethical research standards.
swissethics goal is to enable research with respect for the dignity of the individual. This requires that research projects meet all scientific, legal and ethical requirements. A research project is ethically justified when it's of high scientific quality and integrity, when legal frameworks are respected and when risk/benefit for the individual is acceptable.
The protection of the individual takes priority over the scientific interests of society (see HRA art. 1).