The Swiss Nutrition and Health foundation is the new name of the Swiss Vitamin Institute foundation

The SNH foundation finds its roots in the Swiss Vitamin Institute (SVI) foundation established in 1931. The foundation goes behond vitamins analysis and extend its scope and research activities to all nutrients, micronutrients and natural bioactives. Read more

The SNH foundation is driven by science to contribute to a better world through research, innovation and education on nutrition and health. We believe in science as an enabler of trust between people. Anchoring trust through science is our slogan.

The SNH foundation was first established in 1931. It was initially called Swiss Vitamin Institute (Institut Suisse des Vitamines) responsible for surveying vitamin enriched foods, as requested by the then applicable Swiss legislation. Initially linked to the University of Lausanne, SVI became a totally new and independent foundation in 1995 oriented public health with a focus on vitamin testing, medical analysis and research.

In 2014, the foundation initiated a process aiming at expanding its research interest and expertise in nutrition and public health. Vitamins represent a category of micronutrients that are essential for health along with an ensemble of minerals, proteins and amino acids, lipids and fatty acids, carbohydrates and a myriade of phytonutrients. Investigating nutrition and health relationships require methodology enabling a comprehensive analysis of all food components beyond vitamins as well as expertise to understand the interplay between all those components with human health.

In 2021, thus marking the 90th anniversary of the SVI, the Swiss Nutrition and Health foundation (SNHf) was created with a scope and research interests expanded to all nutrients, micronutrients and natural bioactives. True to its heritage, the SNHf remains a not for profit and independent foundation that develops and deploys high quality testing and research capabilities in the domains of nutrition, health and cosmetic.

We believe in anchoring trust through science. Science holds the key to helping build trust between institutions, businesses and the general public.

Our independent status combined with our scientific learning since 1931 gives us the authority to bestow our “Tested” seal that ascertains product nutrient composition and to offer our expertise by engaging in research and development in Nutrition and Health with our partners.

What we do

We develop partnerships with national and international leading research and regulatory institutions as well as with start ups, SMEs and global corporations.

Public health

We collaborate to quantify unmet nutritional needs and to create awareness about them. We are strongly engaged in knowledge development about nutritional reference values and nutrient effects on health.

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Experts in nutrients analysis

Scientific expertise

End-to-end analysis of the nutrient journey from raw ingredients, to foods and beverages to metabolism. We own a recognized expertise on nutritional status analysis.

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Experts in nutrients analysis


A certification program for brands to communicate about their transparency and confidence about their product composition.

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Swiss Nutrition Seal of Approval


The SNHf offers communication services and teaching activities in the fields of nutrition and health. It is also a recognized entity for the education of apprentices.

Experts in nutrients analysis