For research that may have a negative impact on the environment or the health and safety of the researchers involved, due to the experimental design of the research itself or due to undesirable side-effects of the technologies used, an assessment of the potential risks to the environment must be provided and the necessary environmental authorisations need to be obtained.
For example: research involving harmful biological agents (pathogenic organisms) or GMOs, research involving harmful chemicals, explosive agents, radioactive agents, research involving harmful equipment such as high-powered laser systems.
Research with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO): such research requires authorization from the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN). Potential risks to the environment must be assessed (Risk-benefit analysis) and measures to avoid or minimise such risks should be described.
- Health and Safety
The health and safety of all participants in the research (investigators, subjects involved or third parties) must be a priority in all research projects.
If your research proposal involves the use of elements that may cause harm to humans, a detailed description on the safety procedures you intend to apply and the safety classification of the laboratory need to be provided. Furthermore, copies of the authorisations for the processing or possessions of harmful materials much be obtained. More info: Safety, Prevention and Health Domain (DSPS).