Medicinal products and medical devices legislation

The legislation on therapeutic products comprises the Federal Act on Medicinal Products and Medical Devices (Therapeutic Products Act, TPA) and the associated Federal Council and Agency ordinances. It is regularly aligned to the state of scientific knowledge.

The Federal Act on Medicinal Products and Medical Devices (Therapeutic Products Act, TPA) governs the handling of therapeutic products (medicinal products and medical devices). It aims to protect the health of humans and animals by ensuring that only high-quality, safe and effective therapeutic products are brought onto the market. The Therapeutic Products Act came into force on 1 January 2002. The ordinances are currently being aligned following the revision of the Therapeutic Products Act.

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Medicinal products & medical devices

Thanks to research and technological progress, the number of new drugs and medical devices is increasing all the time. To protect the health of people and animals, the federal authorities regulate the use of therapeutic products.

Current therapeutic products legislation projects

The therapeutic products legislation is continually developed further in order to stay abreast of societal, technological, political and economic developments. Several legislative projects are in progress.

Last modification 14.11.2019

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Federal Office of Public Health FOPH
Division of Biomedicine
Therapeutic Products Law Section
Schwarzenburgstrasse 157
3003 Bern
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