Tougher law passed on human research

The Swiss Senate has approved a law tightening the rules governing research on people who are underage or mentally impaired.

This content was published on September 14, 2011 - 11:19 and agencies

The law stipulates that anyone involved in a research project must have given their written consent after having been sufficiently informed about the project.

People who are mentally unable to make decisions and children should be involved as much as possible in the consent process.

Researchers will have to answer for damages related to their project and an injured party may claim compensation up to ten years after the end of the project. This can be extended in some cases by the cabinet. This is to cover risks associated with radiation exposure and the transplantation of living cells or organs from one species to another.

Ethics commissions overseeing projects will be boosted.

The basis for the law was passed in a referendum in March 2010.

Articles in this story

This article was automatically imported from our old content management system. If you see any display errors, please let us know:

In compliance with the JTI standards

In compliance with the JTI standards

More: SWI certified by the Journalism Trust Initiative

Contributions under this article have been turned off. You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us!

If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at

Share this story

Change your password

Do you really want to delete your profile?