Directorates and Divisions of the FOPH

The Health and Accident, Public Health and Consumer Protection Directorates, plus the Digital Transformation, Management Services, Communication and Campaigns, International Affairs, Legal Affairs and Resource Management Divisions: Find out about their duties, powers and responsibilities here.


Duties: Coordinating FOPH business with the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA); representing the FOPH or the FDHA in working groups and on parliamentary committees and international bodies; planning reform projects

COVID-19 Crisis Organisation

Duties: controlling and preventing the spread of the coronavirus in Switzerland; minimising the negative effects of COVID-19 on public health; working with partners to formulate and implement measures

Health and Accident Insurance

Duties: Preparing the foundation for arranging and developing the health, accident and military insurance systems and their implementation

Public Health

Duties: Promoting health literacy and protection among members of the Swiss public; gathering information for shaping health policy; developing new health strategies

Healthcare Professions and Consumer Protection

Duties: Assessing risks, raising awareness and drawing up protection strategies when dealing with chemicals and radiation; basic and continuing education, and the exercise of the medical professions

Digital Transformation Division

Duties: Establishing Switzerland’s Electronic Patient Record; advising on digital matters

Management Services Division

Duties: Providing services related to policy matters; advising on project and quality management; planning and steering work and resources; providing strategy-relevant information; human resources and language services

Communication and Campaigns Division

Duties: Providing information internally and externally on relevant projects at the FOPH; preparing communications on the Federal Council’s health policy decisions; running campaigns to improve health literacy among the public

International Affairs Division

Duties: Managing the FOPH’s international work; representing Switzerland’s interests at international organisations, particularly the WHO

Legal Affairs Division

Duties: Dealing with and managing legislative business; assuring coherent legislation; providing expert opinions on legal issues; representing the FOPH in legal disputes

Resource Management Division

Duties: Responsible for finances and accounting, IT, records and process management, infrastructure and campus management

Last modification 23.09.2020

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