CAS in Medication Safety

Faculty of Medicine, Inselspital – University Hospital of Bern in close collaboration with the Institute of Primary Health Care (BIHAM) & Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Bern

Medication errors are the cause of approximately half of all drug-related complications and many of them are avoidable, therefore being recognized as one of the most important areas of intervention by the Swiss health authorities.

Addressing the urgent necessity of interprofessional collaboration, the new CAS course in Medication Safety is designed to provide participants from different healthcare professions with the relevant knowledge about risks and opportunities of medication processes in both the hospital and primary care setting.

As medication safety leaders and advocates, successful participants will be able to proactively initiate, lead and monitor medication-related activities in their institution.

Degree Certificate of Advanced Studies in Medication Safety University of Bern (CAS MS Unibe)
Start 10/2023
Length October 2023 – July 2025
Scope 10 ECTS
Cycle Every two years, eventually yearly
Flexible entry possible No
Single module visitable Yes
Place Bern and distance learning
Language English
Admission University degree at Master's level in pharmacy, medicine or nursing science or a University of Applied Sciences degree at Master's level in nursing as well as professional experience (admission "sur dossier" upon request)
Registration until 2023/08/31
Cost CHF 8'950
Special Offer Reduction of course fees for GSASA members: CHF 1000, for the first ten registrations of non-GSASA members: CHF 500 (Sponsoring partner: GSASA Swiss Association of Public Health Administration and Hospital Pharmacists)
Organising institutions Faculty of Medicine, Inselspital – University Hospital of Bern in close collaboration with the Institute of Primary Health Care (BIHAM) & Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Bern
Partner Geneva University Hospitals; Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale Lugano; Careum Hochschule Gesundheit Zürich; Kantonsspital Luzern; Solothurner Spitäler AG; Universität Basel / Universitätsspital Basel; Spitalzentrum Biel; Fédération des hôpitaux vaudois
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The purpose of the interprofessional CAS course in Medication Safety is to provide solid knowledge of medication safety-related topics for healthcare professionals, to train them on recognizing areas for optimization and to enable them to initiate, lead and monitor processes to improve medication safety in their institution.

The program has been developed with the support of nationally and internationally renowned experts in the field of medication safety and emphasizes the necessity of interprofessional collaboration within medication use processes.

Goals of the course

Having successfully completed the 2-year program, participants will 

  • have a comprehensive overview of data and facts related to medication safety both within Switzerland and abroad
  • be knowledgeable about important sources within the literature and able to deploy them based on practice
  • understand barriers and fostering factors for interprofessional collaboration in the field of medication safety
  • be able to employ different methods to measure medication safety in their own enterprise and to accompany developments
  • be able to define and actively shape their own leadership function in the area of medication safety
  • have the necessary knowledge and tools to plan and implement a medication safety agenda for their setting
  • be able to configure patient-based medication processes and include patients as well as relatives in a meaningful way
  • be able to inform professionals through communication and training in the subject of medication safety tailored to the target group
  • be equipped with basic knowledge about current technologies to support medication processes and improve medication safety
  • have initial experience in project development and the associated lead

Didactic principals

In order to guarantuee optimal knowledge transfer and ensure an interactive learning culture the program is conducted through Blended Learning, thereby combining the advantages of face-to-face classroom education with opportunities of computer-mediated activities, such as the use of online educational material or virtual interaction and delivery.

Alongside the transfer of theory and practice-based knowledge and skills, the learning events offer room for reflection and discussion. In their content and form, the events consider the needs, feedback and wishes of participants, whose professional knowledge and experience contribute to the teaching and learning processes.

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and Continuing Education Credit (CEC)

The course of studies entails a total of 10 ECTS credits and is structured modularly (7 modules across 2 years). 

Credits for continuing education

  • FPH Hospital Pharmacy (50 credits/day)
  • FPH Clinical Pharmacy (50 credits/day)
  • Schweizerisches Institut für ärztliche Weiter- und Fortbildung (SIWF) (25 credits for days 2023/2024 and 25 credits for days 2025)

The program of the CAS has been submitted for continuing education points for

  • FPH Community Pharmacy


Classroom activites, eLearning and exams will be held in English. 

Practice projects can be developed in German, English, French or Italian.

The CAS in Medication Safety is structured modularly. It is comprised of 7 modules (15 days across 2 years):

  • Module 1 – Medication safety - facts, figures and useful sources (3 days)
    • Virtual onboarding event (via Zoom): Thursday 19 October 2023
    • Module 1.1: Friday 3 Nov 2023
    • Module 1.2: Friday 16 May 2025 (Zoom)
    • Module 1.3: Jun 2025
  • Module 2 – Risk management (3 days)
    • Module 2.1: Tuesday 5 Dec 2023
    • Module 2.2: Tuesday 16 Jan 2024
    • Module 2.3: Thursday 18 Apr 2024
  • Module 3 – Systems and processes, medication management (2 days)
    • Module 3.1: Friday 10 May 2024
    • Module 3.2: Monday 24 Jun 2024
  • Module 4 – Training and education (1 day)
    • Thursday 26 Sep 2024
  • Module 5 – Interprofessional collaboration (2 days)
    • Module 5.1: Tuesday 3 Dec 2024
    • Module 5.2: Monday 20 Jan 2025
  • Module 6 – Technologies in medication processes (1 day)
    •  Thursday 13 Feb 2025
  • Module 7 – Medication Safety Officer (MSO) and Leadership (3 days)
    • Module 7.1: Friday 10 Nov 2023 (Zoom)
    • Module 7.2: Friday 14 Mar 2025
    • Module 7.3: Thursday 10 Apr 2025

The program administrators can include other topics.

Rights reserved to make changes due to pandemic measures; in particular, individual modules or days may be conducted digitally or postponed to a later date.

The course of studies is offered by the University of Bern / Clinic for General Internal Medicine, Department Clinical Pharmacology and toxicology of the Inselspital Bern in close collaboration with the program board members from the Institute of Primary Health Care BIHAM, University of Bern, and the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine ISPM, University of Bern.

Program Board

  • Prof. Dr. Carla Meyer-Massetti , Chair of the Program Board, Inselspital - University Hospital of Bern

  • Prof. Dr. Alice Panchaud, Institute of Primary Health Care BIHAM, University of Bern

  • Prof. Dr. Sven Streit, Institute of Primary Health Care BIHAM, University of Bern

  • Prof. Dr. David Schwappach, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine ISPM, University of Bern

Director of Studies

Dr. Stefanie Janssen, Inselspital - University Hospital of Bern


The program is conducted by instructors of the University of Bern as well as Swiss and international experts from various professions including (among others) physicians, nursing experts and pharmacists. The detailed program of course days 1-14 (including expert speakers) is provided under "documents".


Prerequisites for admission to the Certificate program are

  • a Master`s-level university degree in pharmacy, medicine or nursing science or a Master`s-level University of Applied Sciences degree in nursing
  • a minimum of 2 years job experience in a clinical setting

Exceptions regarding admission requirements may be approved by the program board «sur dossier». In the case of persons without university degrees or clinical experience, further stipulations for admission may be imposed to ensure that each participant has the possibility of successfully completing the course.

Interested parties who only wish to participate in individual modules may be admitted, provided that there are openings in the course.

Permission to participate in the course is decided by the program administration upon application by the course management. There is no automatic entitlement to admission.


The first cohort of the program 2023 started in October. To apply for the next cohort of the certificate program please get in contact directly (
Interested professionals can always apply for individual modules or course days. Please find the registration form under "documents". To apply, please complete and sign the form and send it to

Application deadline

Interested professionals can apply any time for individual modules or course days. An application deadline ends 5 working days before an individual course day/the start of a module. Please note the cancellation policy (cf. "Cancellation Policy" / cf. Registration form_CAS MS Unibe_Einzelmodule).

Tuition fees

The fee per course day is CHF 600. The fee covers catering (presence days), access to the learning platform, performance test fee (if applicable) and certificates