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Switzerland set up a DNA database in 2000 under temporary legislation. Legislation was adopted in 2005.

The 2008 Interpol survey reports that 19,245 crime scene DNA profiles and 99,217 individuals' profiles, plus 95 missing persons' DNA profiles and 101 unknown/deceased DNA profiles were held in Switzerland at the time of the survey. According to Interpol, Switzerland's DNA database grew to 31,722 crime scene DNA profiles, 124,797 reference DNA profiles from individuals, plus 250 other DNA profiles in 2011.


Detailed analysis




Recording of DNA profiles from:

• Persons who are suspected as perpetrators or participants of a crime or offense

• persons convicted

• Dead People

• Traces

• unidentified persons living or dead

• biological materials, the missing

Persons can be assigned

• relatives of dead or missing persons who are identified outside of the criminal justice process

Not included are

The DNA profiles of:

• victims identified

• crime scene people whose traces of offenders must be distinguished

• Persons who have been excluded in a mass examination as perpetrators

• suspected persons, has shown to have been that they can be excluded as the perpetrator of the crime or offense in question

• Persons who were involved in a process that has been set


• crime or offense

  1. DNA-Profil-Gesetz [DNA Profile Law], SR 363 (Swis).
  2. DNA-Profil-Verodnung, [DNA Profile Regulations] December 4, 2004 SR 363.1 (Swis.)
  3. DNA-Analyselabor-Verodnung [DNA Laboratory Analysis Regulation], June 25, 2005, SR 363.11(Swis.)