About the NOSO Strategy

The NOSO Strategy provides the foundation for targeted and nationally coordinated action by all stakeholders. It thus specifically focusses its measures in the areas where healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) can be prevented and people can be protected.

Need for action in Switzerland

Roughly 6 % of patients in Swiss hospitals contract an infection, which is about average for Europe. Surgical site infections and catheter-associated bacteraemias (blood poisoning) are particularly common and associated with serious consequences. But the lungs and urinary tract are also at risk and susceptible to infections after medical interventions.

Health policy priority

The Federal Council considers the reduction of healthcare-associated infections a high priority. In its global health strategy “Health2020”, it declared the NOSO Strategy a priority measure. The NOSO Strategy is based on best practices, closes existing gaps and takes into account healthcare facilities’ varying requirements. It defines five action areas, each with its own strategic objective and a bundle of key measures.

Broad-based and coordinated with other strategies

The NOSO Strategy originated in close cooperation with the Swiss Conference of the Cantonal Ministers of Public Health (CMPH), H+ (the Hospitals of Switzerland), CURAVIVA (the association for Swiss nursing homes and institutions), the Swissnoso expert panel as well as medical professional societies and other relevant stakeholders. It is coordinated with federal measures such as the Strategy on Antibiotic Resistance (StAR) and pilot programmes that are part of the Quality Strategy, so as to ensure a common approach without any duplication.

Here you will find an overview of all actors in the NOSO strategy.

Further information

Quality development in Switzerland

Despite good-quality healthcare in Switzerland, ongoing improvements are necessary.

Antibiotic resistance

What you need to know about antibiotics and antibiotic resistance.


The Confederation, together with the cantons and other stakeholders, has drawn up a national vaccination strategy (NVS) with the aim of guaranteeing that the population is sufficiently protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Last modification 26.11.2023

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