Medicinal products and medical devices: from development to market surveillance

The life cycle of a medicinal product

The process from the development of a medicinal product to its market authorisation is a lengthy one.

On average, it takes between ten to twelve years from the first laboratory studies until the first time a product is prescribed.

Swissmedic, the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products, is involved in the entire life cycle of a medicinal products because of its mandated areas of responsibility in the sectors of licensing and the authorisation and monitoring of medicinal products


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