Here you’ll find important news from the broad range of different fields in which we operate, from preventive care and the treatment of disease to mandatory health insurance and the current healthcare debate.

Global Ministerial Patient Safety Summit

Bern, 22.2.2023 – On 23 and 24 February 2023, Switzerland will be the host of the fifth Global Ministerial Patient Safety Summit. Experts and policymakers from around the world will meet for talks in Montreux.

The impact of the pandemic on mental health

Bern, 21.2.2023 – Our spectra podcast looks back in a four-part series on COVID pandemic times, together with the people who were with us to help master its many challenges. Episode 3: Mental health.

COVID-19 crisis management: in the eye of the storm

Bern, 6.2.2023 – In a four-part series, the spectra podcast looks back at the COVID pandemic together with those involved in managing it, both within the FOPH and outside. Episode 2 looks at the topic of crisis management.

Switzerland and antibiotics – 2022 population survey

Bern, 2.2.2023 – Almost one fifth of the Swiss population took antibiotics in the past year. But what do the Swiss know about the use and consumption of antibiotics and the development of antibiotic resistance? We commissioned a survey.

Delays for new health insurance cards

Bern, 11.1.2023 – Some delays are currently being experienced in the issuing of new health insurance cards. Affected insured persons who do not yet have their card remain entitled to all benefits provided for under the Federal Health Insurance Act.

Arrange it, don't postpone it: organ donation

Bern, 27.12.2022 – In its new public campaign “Arrange it, don't postpone it: organ donation.” the FOPH and Swisstransplant are encouraging people to make a decision about organ donation now, write it down and tell their family about it.

Pandemic has intensified digitalisation

Bern, 15.12.2022 – In a four-part series, “spectra podcast” looks back at the time of the coronavirus pandemic. Together with people who contributed at and with the FOPH to the management of the crisis. Episode 1 on the topic of digitalisation.

Preventing antimicrobial resistance together

Bern, 18.11.2022 – From 18 to 24 November 2022, the international community is turning its attentions to antimicrobial resistance. The aim is to raise global awareness of the topic among the general public, professionals and policymakers.

Monkeypox vaccine arrived

Bern, 7.11.2022 – The Confederation received the first shipment of monkeypox vaccine on 1 November. The pharmacy of the Armed Forces will deliver the 4000 doses to the cantons of Basel-Stadt, Geneva, Vaud and Zurich from the end of the week.

NCCS-Impacts programme: open to project proposals

Bern, 17.5.2022 – How is climate change impacting different connected sectors? To answer this question, in June 2022 the Swiss federal government’s National Centre for Climate Services (NCCS) is putting four projects out to tender.

New website on mobile communications and 5G

Bern, 15.6.2022 – Three federal offices provide information on mobile communications and 5G on behalf of the Federal Council via a website created especially for this purpose.

Stay self-determined: consultation on model

Bern, 19.5.2022 – Even when you are no longer capable of judgement, you want to be treated in accordance with your wishes. This requires advance care planning. Now a model enabling people to do this is available for consultation.

Reports on the activities of the ethics committees and human research

Bern, 21.12.21 – The coronavirus pandemic has also left its mark on human research in Switzerland, as illustrated by the activity report of the research supervisory authorities and the statistical report on human research for 2020.

COVID-19 Social Monitor: selected results

Bern, 2.12.2021 – The COVID-19 Social Monitor tracks the social and public health changes in the population during the pandemic. The interim report with results up to summer 2021, is now available.

Coronavirus: every vaccination counts

Bern, 3.11.2021 - The federal government and the cantons are staging a National Vaccination Week between 8 and 14 November 2021. The focus is on various advisory services and events, and on providing easy access to vaccination.

Get tested after holidays – even with no symptoms.

Berne, 2.8.2021 - Summer holidays mean more contacts between people and can lead to an increase in COVID-19 infections. So anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated or recovered from COVID should have a test when they get back from their holidays – even if they don’t have symptoms.

New look for the SafeZone online platform

21.4.2021 – The relaunched SafeZone online addiction advice platform gives visitors the option of asking questions and doing additional self-tests, and provides more information and assistance for families of those with addictions.

COVID-19: Switzerland can start vaccinating already in December

19.12.2020 – Today Swissmedic approved the first COVID-19 vaccination for Switzerland. The vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech is suitable for adults from age 16. The first doses of vaccine will be delivered in the next few days.

“Talk about it. Seek help.” day

10.12.2020 – Tody there is a day of action all over Switzerland: “Talk about it. Seek help.”. In these times of coronavirus it’s designed to help boost people’s mental and emotional wellbeing.

SwissCovid App: creating covidcodes faster

23.11.2020 – Previously, only cantonal medical services as well as the attending doctor were able to generate covidcodes. Now, other actors in the healthcare sector can do so, too.

Coronavirus: New video: Let’s make sure the classroom’s properly ventilated!

19.11.2020 – Schoolrooms have to be aired out regularly, especially now during the coronavirus epidemic. A new video on this hot topic makes you want to let in some fresh air.

Isolation and quarantine

12.11.2020 – Have you tested positive for coronavirus? Or have you been in close contact with someone who has tested positive? Visit the Isolation and Quarantine site to find out what to do.

COVID-19: a new website setting out the epidemiological situation

5.11.2020 – Key figures and situation reports on COVID-19 in Switzerland and Liechtenstein are now published on The data and reports can also be downloaded from there.

Symptoms of illness? Do the coronavirus check!

4.11.2020 – Do you feel ill, or do you have symptoms pointing to the new coronavirus? Do the coronavirus check! At the end you’ll be given a recommendation on whether to get tested.

New measures, rapid tests and change to travel quarantine

28.10.2020 – On 28 October 2020 the Federal Council took further measures to combat the rapid spread of the new coronavirus. It also adjusted the rules on quarantine for travellers and decided to introduce rapid tests.

Last modification 06.02.2023

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