Ethics

29.11.2021

Consultation: Guidelines on the collaboration of the medical profession with industry

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Collaboration between healthcare professionals and industry has long been established, contributes to medical progress, and is fundamentally in the interest of good healthcare. At the same time, it can entail dependencies and lead to conflicts of interest. The SAMS addresses this issue in the guidelines «Collaboration between the medical profession and industry». These guidelines have been updated and are open for public consultation until 25 February 2022.

A broad-based subcommittee of the SAMS Central Ethics Committee has updated the guidelines from 2013. The new title «Collaboration between healthcare professionals, responsible persons in healthcare organisations and industry» shows that the scope of the guidelines no longer focuses on the medical profession, but concerns all healthcare professionals. Interested organisations and individuals are invited to comment. Further information and the documents for the statement can be found on our website.

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SPHN

25.11.2021

SPHN and the university hospitals renew the collaboration agreements

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The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) sees itself as a supporting partner of the university hospitals. In addition to developing research infrastructures, SPHN aims to promote better, more personalized patient care. In order to build upon the achievements of the first funding period (2017 – 2020), the collaboration agreements between SPHN and the university hospitals have been renewed until 2024.

At the beginning of 2018, SPHN and the five university hospitals signed collaboration agreements for building interoperable clinical data management systems. Thereby, the foundation was laid for the close cooperation between SPHN and the hospitals to support nationwide research with health-related data within the framework of the initiative. In order to seamlessly continue the collaboration, SPHN and the university hospitals renewed the agreements in mid-November 2021 for another three years. They include annual milestones, joint monitoring and a regular updating of the objectives. More information about SPHN can be found on our dedicated page.

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Academy

23.11.2021

Consultation on the Swiss Citizen Science Principles

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The concept of Citizen Science refers to research projects in which scientists and citizens work together. As part of the Citizen Science 2021-2024 initiative, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences have contributed to developing Citizen Science Principles for Switzerland. You are invited to taking part in the consultation on the document.

Various organisations have drafted a proposal that is adapted to Switzerland. The text is based on existing guidelines, in particular the European Citizen Science Principles (2015) and the Code of Conduct for Scientific Integrity of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences (2021). The consultation period runs until 15 December 2021.

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SPHN

17.11.2021

New tool for data query at the five university hospitals

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The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) is committed to enabling FAIR* and responsible use of health data. To support researchers with the planning of their studies, the SPHN Data Coordination Center (DCC) has implemented a Federated Query System (FQS) for feasibility analyses in collaboration with the five university hospitals. The FQS allows researchers to check whether and which patient data may be available at the university hospitals to answer specific research questions.

Query systems that allow researchers to search for specific patient data have so far been restricted to individual hospitals or clinics and have not yielded cross-institutional results. With the implementation of the new FQS, the DCC together with the university hospitals succeeded to harmonize and standardize anonymized clinical information so that it can be accessed and analyzed across institutions via a common user interface, while strictly complying with data protection, ethical and legal regulations. More information can be found in the SAMS’ newsletter published today.

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Publications

08.11.2021

What role did science play in managing the Covid-19 pandemic?

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A study conducted by PD Dr. Alexandra Hofmänner mandated by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences examines science advice to policy during the Covid-19 pandemic in Switzerland. The publication documents events, contexts and framework conditions and presents six options for future action.

In what way did the Swiss experience differ from selected other countries? Where is there a need for action in the future? To answer these questions, the study is based on extensive comparative literature research and nearly 40 interviews with stakeholders from science, politics, public administration and the media. The analysis provides both, insight and outlook, aiming to learn for future crises. Details can be found in the PDF and on the website of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.

Download the report (PDF)

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Academy

14.10.2021

No to a ban on animal and human experimentation

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On 13 February 2022, the federal popular initiative for a ban on animal and human experimentation will be put to the vote. Acceptance of this initiative would prevent biomedical research and new medical treatments. At stake are the high quality of healthcare and responsible research in Switzerland.

Together with the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, swissuniversities and other scientific institutions, the SAMS recommends to reject the initiative. More information can be found on our website.

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SPHN

01.10.2021

Five additional Swiss cohorts can join the Maelstrom catalogue

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The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) is committed to responsible and sustainable use of health data. With a new funding program, SPHN enables Swiss cohort studies to integrate their metadata in the international Maelstrom catalogue. The funding program thus strengthens international scientific collaborations and advances the reuse of these valuable data for research purposes in Switzerland.

The renowned Maelstrom catalogue scheme enables the visualization of comprehensive information from more than 240 studies from around the world, which are grouped into several research network. In June 2021, SPHN launched an open call for applications to allow Swiss cohort studies to join the Maelstrom catalogue. After a careful evaluation of the applications, five additional cohort studies will be supported. More information can be found in the SAMS’ newsletter published today.

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Academy

23.09.2021

Intensive care triage: medical-ethical guidelines updated

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The SAMS and the Swiss Society of Intensive Care Medicine (SSICM) have issued an updated version of the guidelines for intensive care triage under exceptional resource scarcity. Version 4 takes account of recent developments and is less strongly focused on Covid-19 patients, but the underlying ethical principles remain unchanged.

The revision of the guidelines was prompted primarily by changes in the background to the intense pressures on Switzerland’s ICUs: unlike the situation during the first waves of the Covid 19 pandemic, ICU treatment is now required not predominantly by elderly people with underlying conditions, but increasingly by younger, previously healthy patients. The updated guidelines (V4) are now available in French, German, English and Italian. Information on the main changes compared to the previous version can be found on our website.

Download the guidelines V4 (PDF)

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