Status September 2021: According to the latest non-binding information from the FOPH, taking into account the Covid 19 situation, the following planning exists with regard to the entry into force of the law and ordinance:

  • From June 2022, the evaluation of the feedback from the consultation is to take place.
  • Adjustment of the texts and implementation of the second office consultation by the end of 2022.
  • The final text of the ordinance is to be submitted to the Federal Council at the beginning of 2023.
  • Entry into force of Article 17a HMG and the Ordinance by mid-2023


SMVO cannot make any statements on possible amendments to the ordinance or whether or from when Art. 17a , para. 8 let. b./c. HMG is to be declared mandatory,

The FOPH has published the comments on the corresponding consultation. They can be downloaded from the FOPH website (in DE and FR languages only).