Healthcare Professions Division

The Healthcare Professions Division deals with basic and continuing education and training for and practising in the medical professions requiring university qualifications (doctors, dentists, pharmacists, chiropractors and veterinary surgeons), based on the Medical Professions Act (MedPA). 

On 1 April 2013, the Psychology Professions Act also came into force, primarily regulating continuing professional training for and the practice of the professions of psychotherapy, clinical psychology, neuropsychology, child and adolescent psychology and health psychology. Currently, the Healthcare Professions Act, covering healthcare professions requiring qualifications from a university of applied sciences, is being drafted in cooperation with the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).

Bernadette Häfliger Berger

Bernadette Häfliger Berger
Head Healthcare Professions Division

Further information

Health professions

The Swiss healthcare system relies on qualified professionals. Find out here about healthcare-related education and professions and the recognition and accreditation of basic and advanced training programmes.

Support programme «Interprofessionality in healthcare 2017-2020»

The support programme «Interprofessionality in healthcare» intended to improve interprofessional cooperation in the healthcare system and thereby increase efficiency.

Health professions: statistics

How many health professionals are being trained each year? How many foreign diplomas are being recognised in the different professions? The FOPH analyses data from several registers and makes them available to the public.

Last modification 13.11.2020

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