Tasks of the SECB

The task of the SECB is to advise the Swiss authorities on the protection of human beings, animals and the environment in the area of biotechnology and gene technology.
The SECB, a permanent federal advisory committee, advises the Federal Council and the federal agencies on the drafting of laws, ordinances, guidelines and recommendations. It advises the federal and cantonal authorities on the enforcement of these regulations. It issues statements on licence applications and publishes recommendations on safety measures for studies using genetically modified or pathogenic organisms.

A further task of the SECB is to keep the public informed of important findings in biosafety. The SECB informs the Federal Council and the public about its activities in its Activity Report.

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Last edition: 04.12.2018


Swiss Expert Committee for Biosafety (SECB)
Tel.: +41 (0)58 463 03 55
Tel.: +41 (0)58 463 23 12
Fax: +41 (0)58 464 79 78

Postal address

Postal address
Executive Office SECB
c/o Federal Office for the Environment
CH-3003 Bern


Worblentalstrasse 68
3063 Ittigen

Timetable for public transport
Enter "Papiermühle" as destination station

Further information