Information about logistics for municipalities, companies and public facilities, pharmacies and drugstores

The federal government offers logistical support for the distribution of new tablets and collection of old tablets for workplaces and companies with large stocks of iodine tablets.

For businesses and institutions

For the past ten years, Switzerland’s nationwide stocks of iodine tablets have been issued in a purple packaging. Prior to this, a red packaging was used. Any of these old iodine tablets may be returned to any chemist or pharmacy in small quantities (of up to 10 packs). Larger volumes should be parcelled into a package of maximum dimensions of 100 x 60 x 60 cm and a maximum weight of 30 kg, for which a return label can be created here between 20 November and 30 April 2024. 

Should you need to return more than 14,000 packs of old iodine tablets, please send an email to betriebe@jodtabletten.ch by 31 December 2023. We will then arrange for these to be collected from you by our logistics partner.

Municipalities: Vouchers and information material for new arrivals

New arrivals receive a voucher for each person in their household from the municipal authorities in their new place of residence. They can obtain iodine tablets free of charge from a pharmacy or drugstore within the distribution area on presentation of the voucher. 

People who have moved from a municipality within the distribution area may already have received iodine tablets. The municipalities must therefore ask new arrivals whether they have already received iodine tablets.

Parents of infants living in households in a municipality within 50 km of a Swiss nuclear power plant are also given a voucher for their child. 

Municipalities within 50 km of a Swiss nuclear power plant can obtain vouchers and information material from the Swiss Iodine Tablets Office:

Swiss Iodine Tablets Office
Tel.: 031 380 79 77
E-mail: info@jodtabletten.ch 

Pharmacies and drugstores: Obtaining iodine tablets

Pharmacies and drugstores within the distribution area which are registered with the Swiss Iodine Tablets Office can order the official potassium iodide 65 SERB iodine tablets via an online portal (potassium iodide 65 AApot iodine tablets will be distributed until September 2023).

People who have recently moved to a new municipality can obtain iodine tablets from a pharmacy or drugstore within the distribution area free of charge on presentation of the voucher issued by the municipality. It is not permitted to sell potassium iodide 65 SERB tablets in pharmacies and drugstores.

Pharmacies and drugstores: Ordering shipping boxes to return tablets

Pharmacies and drugstores within 50 km of a Swiss nuclear power plant (including the Mühleberg nuclear power plant that is currently being dismantled) which are registered with the Swiss Iodine Tablets Office can access an online portal to order shipping boxes to return small quantities of old potassium iodide 65 AApot iodine tablets handed in by members of the public, companies and public facilities for correct disposal.

New pharmacies and drugstores within 50 km of a Swiss nuclear power plant should contact the Swiss Iodine Tablets Office in order to register:

Swiss Iodine Tablets Office
Tel.: 031 380 79 77
E-mail: info@jodtabletten.ch