Switzerland: when and how to refer an EC request?

September 2017.  The delivery of EC by pharmacists is an important contribution to the promotion of sexual health and allows easier access to the method. When pharmacists have the necessary knowledge, the majority of emergency contraception issues can be resolved in the pharmacy, enabling the woman to take the most suitable EC method immediately on site. In some situations, however,  referral to a specialised center or provider is needed.

In July  2017 SANTÉ SEXUELLE Suisse, pharmaSuisse and the groupe interdisciplinaire d’expert·e·s en contraception d’urgence (IENK) published  the chart “Contraception d’urgence en officine: conditions pour un transfert vers un centre spécialisé” which proivdes guidance on when and how to refer a women requesting EC. This guidances is also available in German.