Human Research Act (HRA)


The new legislation on research involving humans goes into effect on January 1, 2014. The legislation will affect the work and workflow of ethics committees in Switzerland in the following ways:

  • The number of ethics committees will be reduced.
    Please visit the new directory of committees to find the committee competent for your canton or region.

  • Additional information will be published on the new webpage of the Coordination Office for Research Involving Humans (KOFAM)

  • Forms, templates and guidelines will be revised. The revisions are underway and will be published soon.
    Templates will be listed in the section Templates/recommendations upon ratification by the EC-presidents/Federal office of public health (BAG). The use of these forms and templates is mandatory for submissions.

  • Information on the new legislation and ordinances will be added to the section legislation/guidelines. This section is updated regularly.