Experimental releases of pathogenic organisms (PO)

Experimental releases of PO require federal authorisation.

The Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) is responsible for issuing licences to release PO for experimental purposes. The Release Ordinance (Art. 12-14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 36-41 RO) regulates this procedure.

Applications should be submitted to:

Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
Biotechnology Section
3003 Bern
Tel. 058 462 93 49
e-mail: contact.releases@bafu.admin.ch


Information on applications, status of procedures, decisions; ongoing and completed experimental releases of POs.

Further information

Last modification 31.08.2021

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