There is agreement that the Life Science Industry needs regulation. Switzerland is globally known for a pragmatic approach to regulation. This section shows the latest developments in regulation with respect to the Industry. To facilitate the understanding, below some definitions for the Biotechnology Industry.


OECD defines biotechnology as

'the application of science and technology to living organisms, as well as parts, products and models thereof to alter living or non-living materials for the production of knowledge, goods and services.

The definition above, reveals tht biotechnology encompasses a wide range of technologies and numerous completely different applications and products. To further facilitate the biotech disciplines one distinguishes with colour codes.

White biotechnology (industrial biotechnology). Fermentation and biotransformation of chemicals and natural products and raw materials.

Red Biotechnology (pharmaceutical biotechnology). Development and production of (bio)pharmaceuticals, vaccines and diagnostics.

Green Biotechnology (agricultural biotechnology). Transgenic plants for nutrition ans as renewable raw materials for sustainable chemistry.

Blue biotechnology (marine biotechnology). Use of marine organisms for pharmaceuticals, nutrition and cosmetics.


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