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Kopf und Gehirn - IllustrationThis section contains SFAO audits related to education, research and innovation issues.

Audit Supervision of continuing professional development organisations - State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation

The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) is responsible for implementing the Continuing Education and Training Act (CETA). The act entered into force for the first time with the dispatch on the promotion of education, research and innovation for 2017 to 2020. The Confederation is charged with establishing principles on continuing professional development (CPD) and promoting skills and CPD. SERI grants financial assistance to CPD organisations and the cantons for this purpose. This amounted to a total of CHF 25.7 million (CPD organisations, 10.7 mn) for 2017 to 2020, and CHF 59.5 million (CPD organisations, 16.8 mn) for 2021 to 2024.

Audit number: 20167

Audit Capacity utilisation audit of laboratory services - Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology

The Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS) is the Confederation's competence centre for all issues relating to measurements (measuring equipment and procedures). It implements the Metrology Act and can perform other tasks in accordance with the Federal Act on the Federal Institute of Metrology. For this purpose, it operates more than 20 physics, chemistry and technical laboratories. In 2019, METAS received CHF 17.4 million plus CHF 6.8 million for premises from the Confederation. In addition, on behalf of the Federal Council, METAS performs directly remunerated tasks for the Federal Administration worth a total of CHF 7.5 million.

Audit number: 20416

Audit Werner Oechslin Library - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

The Swiss Federal Audit Office (SFAO) conducted an audit of the Werner Oechslin Library. This report presents the results of the audit activities carried out during the period from 26 March to 9 December 2020.

Audit number: 20502