Under Art. 61 of the Human Research Act (HRA), which has been in force since 2014, the FOPH has the task of evaluating the law. Based on the findings the Federal Council will then decide on any further steps, such as revising the law. The diagram shows a timeline of the process.
Further development of human research legislation (as of 2016)
Switzerland’s human research legislation has been in force since 1 January 2014. Its effectiveness is being analysed until 2019 – thereafter, if necessary, proposals are to be developed for amendments to the Act or Ordinances.
Procedure for development of human research legislation (as of 2016)
The Human Research Act and the associated Ordinances, in conjunction with the underlying Article 118b of the Federal Constitution, were developed between 2001 and 2014.
Procedure for evaluation of human research legislation (as of 2016)
The human research legislation is being evaluated between 2014 and 2019. First, its effectiveness is being analysed by means of studies in various areas; this will be followed by an assessment of the results and the preparation of an Evaluation Report for the Federal Council.
Procedure for possible revision of human research legislation (as of 2016)
On the basis of the Federal Council’s decision, the Human Research Act and/or Ordinances will be further developed, if necessary, after 2019 – any revision could take between 2 and 8 years, depending on its scope.
Last modification 20.11.2017