Health impact assessment in Switzerland

Jean Simos and Nicola Cantoreggi

in Health Impact Assessment

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199656011
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191748028 | DOI:
Health impact assessment in Switzerland

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The nature of HIA and how it has been incorporated into Switzerland's administrative structure is strongly linked to the political functioning of the country. In that perspective, this chapter tackles separately the processes at each institutional level (federal state, cantons states), but also the nexus between them, specifically the Swiss HIA Platform whose purpose is to coordinate and to reinforce the efforts made to initiate HIA in Switzerland. Three founding cantons – Geneva, Jura and Ticino – initiated the creation of this Platform, which is strongly supported by Health Promotion Switzerland. The legal status of HIA in Switzerland, l on the federal and cantonal levels, is an important issue for its specific context and will be analysed. Finally, the weaknesses, opportunities and perspectives for HIA in Switzerland will be discussed.

Keywords: Switzerland; federalism; regions; legal status; EIA; SEA; health promotion; healthy cities; health for all; health in all policies

Chapter.  3286 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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