Who owns this website?

This website is owned by the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS), the Swiss Clinical Trial Organisation (SCTO), and Universitäre Medizin Schweiz (unimedsuisse). The website is operated by the SCTO. Contact details can be found here.

The SAMS, the SCTO, and unimedsuisse are three independent, national, and publicly funded organisations. Among many other themes, these three organisations are active in supporting clinical research professionals and developing optimal framework conditions for researchers in Switzerland.

The SCTO and unimedsuisse are organised as associations within the meaning of Art. 60 et seq. of the Swiss Civil Code whereas the SAMS is set up as a foundation following the meaning of Art. 80 et seq. of the Swiss Civil Code. All three organisation have their registered offices in Bern.


The SAMS, the SCTO, and unimedsuisse aim to make a wide variety of high-quality information available through this website. They endeavour to provide this information in a correct form and according to the most current state of knowledge. However, the SAMS, SCTO, and unimedsuisse shall not be liable for the correctness, accuracy, or completeness of the information or for ensuring that it is up to date.

Furthermore, no legal rights can be derived from the information. The SAMS, the SCTO, and unimedsuisse shall not be liable for any loss or damage incurred as a result of using this web portal, including but not limited to loss or damage incurred from incorrect information or technical issues. In addition, the SAMS, the SCTO, and unimedsuisse shall not be liable for the content and availability of other websites that can be accessed through links on this website. As a rule, the SAMS, the SCTO, and unimedsuisse do not offer any online advice, and a timely response to enquiries cannot be guaranteed. The SAMS, the SCTO, and unimedsuisse jointly reserve the right to cease operation of this website at any time and without prior warning and reserve the right to amend, make additions to, or delete any or all content.

Unless specified, the documents available for download reflect the views of the SAMS, SCTO, and unimedsuisse. None of these three organisations can be held liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.


Website design and structure

The overall design and structure of this website are protected by copyright. Downloading or printing individual pages or images for personal, non-commercial use is permitted. Copying individual pages or images for public, non-commercial purposes is permitted as long as our copyright and restrictions regarding commercial and further use are referenced. Further use requires prior written approval from the SAMS, SCTO, and unimedsuisse jointly, in particular for complete or partial copying for commercial purposes, electronic distribution, or distribution via other means, for modification, and for any connection to commercial and/or public use.

Website text content

All texts are available for download and are licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0. These texts can be shared and adapted as long as you give appropriate credit to the SAMS, SCTO, and unimedsuisse (unless stated otherwise), provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes have been made. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/.

Links accessible on the website

The CC BY-NC 4.0 license does not apply to texts accessible via the many links available on this website. Copyright issues are to be clarified with the owners of those websites.

Data privacy

General data collection

When you access this website, information of a general nature is automatically collected. This information is recorded in the server log file and includes the type of web browser used, the operating system used, the domain name of your internet service provider, your IP address, and the like. This information is collected to provide a trouble-free connection to the website, to ensure the proper functioning of our website, to evaluate system safety and stability, and for other administrative purposes.

Your data will not be used to draw conclusions about your person. Information of this kind is only evaluated statistically in order to optimise our internet presence and the technology behind it. This data is stored for a maximum of 10 years.

Use of own cookies

When calling up certain pages, a so-called session cookie is set. This is a small text file that is automatically deleted from your computer at the end of the browser session. This file is used exclusively to run certain applications. With most web browsers, you can change the settings so that your browser does not accept new cookies or you can have cookies deleted. You can usually find out how this works for your specific browser by using its help function.

Contact button

If you contact us with a specific request or comment, we will use your e-mail address and the transmitted information to reply with an appropriate response. We will not use your e-mail address for any other purposes. If you submit data via the contact button, they will be stored for a maximum of 10 years.

Use of Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (hereinafter "Google"). Google Analytics uses cookies, which are text files placed on your computer to help a website analyse how visitors use the site. The information generated by a cookie about your use of this website will generally be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. However, due to the activation of IP anonymisation on these web pages, your IP address will be shortened by Google in advance within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to and truncated by Google on servers in the United States. On behalf of the website operator, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, compile reports on website activity, and provide other services to us as website operators relating to website activity and internet usage. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics is not combined with other data from Google.

The purposes of data processing are to evaluate the use of the website and to compile reports related to activities on the website. We can continually improve our communication on the basis of the use of our website and the internet.

Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in the SAMS, the SCTO, and unimedsuisse.