Health Protection Directorate

The Health Protection Directorate assesses opportunities and risks in the areas of biomedicine, chemicals and radiation. On the basis of its assessments, it draws up protection concepts and raises public awareness.

The Health Protection Directorate monitors the handling of chemicals, ionising and non-ionising radiation and pathogenic and genetically modified microorganisms. It authorises and inspects equipment that generates ionising radiation, such as X-rays, and monitors environmental radioactivity. It assesses opportunities and risks that result from advances in biomedicine and high-end medicine. It also draws up the corresponding legislative framework for areas including therapeutic products, human genetics, transplantation, human research and reproductive medicine.

Notification Authority for Chemicals

The Notification Authority for Chemicals is assigned administratively to the FOPH and is located within the Health Protection Directorate in organisational terms. It constitutes the common authority for the notification and authorisation of chemicals for the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH, the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO.

International Cooperation

The directorate helps to create a legislative framework on an international level and plays a coordinating role for Switzerland. It is thus involved in the creation of fair, clear and internationally harmonised legislation for consumers, patients and business. It additionally ensures the implementation and enforcement of the legislation.

Andrea Arz de Falco

Andrea Arz de Falco
Head of Health Protection Directorate, Vice Director, Member of the Senior management (since 2008)

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Further information

Radiation, radioactivity & sound

Radiation is everywhere: everyone comes across the subject sooner or later, whether as a citizen, consumer, patient or at work.


If they’re not used properly chemicals can damage your health. Here you’ll find information on how to handle chemicals in everyday, commercial and industrial settings as well as information on environmental toxins in the home, chemical safety and nanotechnology.

Notification Authority for Chemicals

The Notification Authority for chemicals is the common entry point for the notification and disposal of chemicals of the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

Biomedicine Division

Human and stem cell research, reproductive and transplant medicine, genetic diagnostics and pharmacogenetics as well as innovative pharmaceuticals and medical products represent the state-of-the-art in biomedicine.

Last modification 20.07.2023

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