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– Promoting a high-quality and nationally harmonised study culture, including the continuing education and training necessary for this purpose
– Supporting the formation of national networks
– Facilitating the integration of national clinical research into international networks
– Promoting the transfer of knowledge between basic research and therapeutic applications
– Building bridges between academia, the public, industry and authorities, as well as trade organisations and professional associations
Moreover, the SCTO advocates favourable legal, political and financial conditions in the field of clinical research.
Clinical Research Centres
SCTO committed to making Switzerland a more attractive location for research. Everyone involved in clinical research, including research groups from academia and industry, authorities, patients and the public, can find an arena for exchanging information and ideas at the SCTO. Together with the partners, SCTO is working to promote clinical research in Switzerland and make it more accessible and attractive. SCTO services are designed to optimise and harmonise processes. SCTO focus on quality, efficiency and transparency.
Our member institutions host specialised units for clinical research projects with patients which are either in an early phase or whose research questions require special conditions or methods.
The SCTO Platforms are to serve as centres of excellence, focusing on the following areas: auditing, statistics and methodology, data management, education, monitoring, project management, regulatory affairs, and safety. In these centres of excellence, experts work together to harmonise processes and set national standards.
Our member institutions host specialised units for clinical research projects with patients which are either in an early phase or whose research questions require special conditions or methods. The catalogue under specialised units provides an overview of the research units in Switzerland. We also initiate and moderate ad hoc working groups to address the current challenges of clinical research and attempt to develop solutions. For example, we actively encourage practice-oriented implementation of the Human Research Act. Moreover, we look ahead in order to identify changes and trends at an early stage and respond to them appropriately.
The SCTO itself does not offer services for the operational implementation of trials. This is the task of the Clinical Trial Units (CTUs), which provide all the services needed to run clinical study projects smoothly. Our role is to coordinate the collaboration among these centres.