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.
Last modification 14.09.2018
Federal Office of Public Health FOPH
Biosafety, Human Genetics and Reproductive Medicine Section
Tel. +41 58 463 51 54