Biosafety

Biosafety aims to protect people and the environment when genetically modified, pathogenic or alien organisms are handled.

The essential mission of the FOPH in the field of Biosafety consists in implementing the Containment Ordinance (ContainO, SR 814.912), which regulates the handling of genetically modified, pathogenic and alien organisms in contained systems (e.g. laboratories). Additional tasks include the assessment of experimental releases and clinical tests with therapeutic products that contain genetically modified microorganisms. The risk to humans is the highest priority.

In the left-hand side navigation bar, you will find information on the use of genetically modified, pathogenic or alien organisms in contained systems, on the import of pathogenic organisms for human beings, on the eradication of polio(myelitis) and on tasks involving the FOPH in these areas.

Legislation

Biosafety legislation

The Ordinance on Handling Organisms in Contained Systems (ContainO) as well as various acts and additional ordinances govern activities with genetically modified, pathogenic or alien organisms in contained systems.

Further information

Notifications and authorisations in the field of biosafety

The handling of genetically modified, pathogenic or alien organisms is subject to the notification or authorisation obligation. Here is information on the notification and authorisation procedures pursuant to the ContainO.

Last modification 14.09.2018

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Contact

Federal Office of Public Health FOPH
Biomedical Department
Biosafety, Human Genetics and Reproductive Medicine Section
Schwarzenburgstrasse 157
3003 Berne
Switzerland
Tel. +41 58 463 51 54
Fax-Nr +41 58 462 62 33
E-mail

Print contact

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