The STCS is a scientific project with a primary interest in clinical research and with a strong secondary interest in the control of quality of care requested by the Swiss law on transplantation. The study is investigator-initiated. All participating centers and epidemiologists contributed to the design of the STCS. The STCS does not pursue financial interests. The institutional review boards of all transplanting centers approved the participation in the STCS.
The cohort is operationally led by an executive office (EO). The STCS steering committee, called board of representatives (BOR) includes representatives from all centers. Various working groups provide expert advice. A scientific committee, assembled from representatives of all participating centers and the various medical specialties involved in transplantation, covers all aspects regarding the conduct of scientific research projects. The cohort regularly reports to the Swiss federal office of public health in order to comply with the national requirements on quality control.