Legal basis


Although every care has been taken by the Federal Authorities to ensure the accuracy of the information published, no warranty can be given in respect of the correctness, accuracy, up-to-dateness, reliability and completeness of this information.

The Federal Authorities expressly reserve the right to alter or remove the content, in full or in part, without prior notice.

In no event will the Federal Authorities be liable for any loss or damage of a material or immaterial nature arising from access to, use or non-use of published information, as well as from misuse of the connection or technical faults.


Links to third-party websites lie beyond the scope of responsibility of the Federal Authorities. Access and use of such websites occurs entirely at the user’s own risk. The Federal Authorities expressly state that they have no influence whatsoever over the content of any linked sites. Information and services on linked sites are entirely the responsibility of the site owners.

No liability can be accepted in respect of the content of such websites.

Moreover, the Federal Authorities reserve the right to decide on which third-party websites links may be published. They can request the removal of links from third parties at any time.

Data protection

Based on Article 13 of the Federal Constitution and the provisions of data protection legislation, each individual has a right to the protection of their private sphere as well as protection against the misuse of their personal data. The Federal Authorities comply with these provisions.

Personal data are treated as strictly confidential and are not sold or transmitted to third parties.

In close collaboration with our hosting providers, we make every effort to protect our databases from unauthorised access, loss, misuse or falsification using all resources at our disposal.

When a user accesses our website, no personal data about the user are stored. Our hosting providers’ web servers only register impersonal site usage data (log files) for the purpose of tracking trends for the Federal Authorities in order to improve the information on offer. Site usage data is not linked to personal data.

There is an exception, namely when you choose to take up contact with us. If you register your e-mail address, the information is then stored in a separate database not connected with the anonymous log files. You may delete your registration at any time.


The information and services offered on this website are exclusively aimed at individuals resident in Switzerland. Materials and documents available to download and/or order are intended for individuals resident in Switzerland.


Copyright, the Federal Authorities of the Swiss Confederation, 2011.

Information on the Federal Authorities’ websites is accessible to the public. Downloading or copying of texts, illustrations, photos or any other data does not entail any transfer of rights on the content. Neither the copyright notices nor other legally protected designations are to be removed.

Copyright and any other rights relating to texts, illustrations, photos and any other data available on the Federal Authorities’ websites are the exclusive property of the Federal Authorities or of any other expressly mentioned owners. Any reproduction requires the prior written consent of the copyright holder.

The information contained on the Federal Authorities’ websites (particularly fact sheets) may be personalised with the written consent of the copyright holder and may be supplemented with the company logo (“Supplied by – company logo”). The Federal Authorities reject any connection to these companies.