The Swiss Medicines Verification Organization (SMVO) is committed to protect patients against counterfeit medicines. The affected associations of the Swiss health care system founded the SMVO on 4 April 2018.

The following associations and authorities are invited to join the SMVO:

  • ASSGP, Swiss Association for Self-Medication
  • FMH, connection of Swiss Medical Doctors
  • GRIP, Groupement Romand de l'industrie pharmaceutique
  • GSASA, Swiss Association of Office and Hospital Pharmacists
  • H +, The Swiss hospitals
  • Intergenerika, Association of Generics Companies of Switzerland
  • interpharma, the association of research-based pharmaceutical companies in Switzerland
  • pharmalog, Swiss Pharma Logistics Association
  • pharmasuisse, Swiss Pharmacy Association
  • scienceindustries, Association of the Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Biotech Industries
  • SVKH, The Swiss Association for Complementary Medicinal Products
  • vips, association of pharmaceutical companies in Switzerland
  • Swiss Federal Office of Public Health
  • Office of Health of the Principality of Liechtenstein

Purpose of the association:
The SMVO is the 100% shareholder of the SMVS Operating Company (SMVS, Swiss Medicines Verification System) which runs the database system. The following main tasks have been defined in the Articles of Association:

  • Ensuring patient safety and health care system improvements by cooperation and participation of all affected stakeholders.
  • Ensuring that the statutory provisions of the HMG, the implementation guidelines of the Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/161 and the specifications provided by EMVO, are applied.
  • Single point of contact for the authorities and contract partners of the EMVO.
  • Responsibility for the SMVS strategy (design, controlling and risk management).
  • Appoint the SMVS management.
  • Definition of the SMVS operating cost allocation rules to invoice the affected MAHs.


Please contact the SMVO directly if you have any questions. You can find a contact here.

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