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Who we are and what we do

The Swiss Medical Board is a leading Swiss centre of competence in health technology assessment. It analyses and assesses preventive and diagnostic procedures and therapeutic interventions from the perspective of medicine, economic considerations, ethics and law. On this basis, it develops recommendations to political decision-makers, medical specialists and other service providers. In selected cases, information leaflets are also published for patients. 

The sponsoring membership of the Swiss Medical Board (SMB) includes the following institutions and bodies: Konferenz der kantonalen GesundheitsdirektorInnen – GDK (the Swiss conference of cantonal ministers of public health), Schweizerische Akademie der Medizinischen Wissenschaften – SAMW (Swiss academy of medical sciences), the Government of the Principality of Lichtenstein, interpharma (the association of pharmaceutical research companies of Switzerland), associations of health insurers (santésuisse, curafutura), patient organisations (Schweizerische Stiftung SPO Patientenschutz  and Dachverband Schweizerischer Patientenstellen – DVSP), and fmCh (the umbrella organisation for doctors carrying out surgery and invasive procedures).

Brief profile


On 13 May 2019, the Swiss television programme "Puls" reported on the SMB report on surgical robots under the title "A trend without proven benefit".

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In its latest report, the Swiss Medical Board (SMB) compares robot-assisted and conventional surgical procedures for prostate removal and uterine...

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The Swiss Medical Board’s website has been given a complete overhaul. It is now more user friendly, has been optimised for smartphones and is in three...

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