Swissmedic is the regulatory agency responsible for authorizing and supervising therapeutic products in Switzerland. Based in Bern, the agency started its activities on 1 January 2012, replacing the Interkantonale Kontrollstelle für Heilmittel (IKS). It was created by the Federal Act on Medicinal Products and Medical Devices and is attached to the Federal Department of Home Affairs, but functions as a autonomous agency with its own budget.
Swissmedic is responsible for the authorization of health products, and for licensing their manufacturing and wholesale. It also deals with clinical trials, establishing standards, and monitoring these products on the market.
Swissmedic’s organizational structure is made up of 4 departments:
- Authorisation, dealing with case management, quality, preclinical and clinical reviews
- Market Surveillance, overseeing the safety of medicines, medical devices and market monitoring
- Licensing, in charge of clinical trials, inspectorates, certificates and licenses
- Legal Affairs, composed of the Legal Advisory Division, Legislation and Penal Division
A list of European regulations can be found here on our website.
Medical Device Associations in Switzerland: