To be able to perform organ transplantations, hospitals require authorization from the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). Authorization is given for each transplantation programme – that is, for every transplantable organ – on an individual basis. The five university hospitals (Geneva, Lausanne, Bern, Basel and Zurich) and the cantonal hospital in St. Gallen make up the Swiss transplantation centres. Because organ transplantation is a highly complex medical procedure, not every centre receives authorization for every organ. This means that every centre specializes in the transplantation of certain types of organs (see the map below). Authorization for transplantations performed on children is granted separately.
The transplantation centres maintain direct contact with patients and know their medical histories. They decide which patient requires a transplant and can be added to the organ waiting list. The waiting list is administered centrally, independent of Swisstransplant.
Contact details for the transplantation centres can be accessed here.