Legal foundations

Mandate and Organisation of ECNH

The Federal Council established the ECNH by decree of 27 April 1998, on the basis of Article 57 of the Government and Administration Organization Act and Article 11 of the Committees Ordinance.

The Gene Technology Act of 21 March 2003, which came into effect on 1 January 2004, created a new legals basis (in Article 23) for the mandate of the ECNH.

By decree of 14 December 2014 (in German) the Federal Council replaced the decree of April 1998.

Participation in authorisation procedures

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Last edition: 22.01.2020


Secretariat ECNH
Tel.: +41 (0)58 463 83 83

Postal address

Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology ECNH
c/o Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
CH-3003 Bern


Papiermühlestrasse 172
CH-3003 Bern

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