The SSPT was founded in 1965 and is a scientific society. The purpose of the society is to promote and support all interests of Pharmacology and Toxicology in Switzerland (Bye-Laws).

The approximately 550 members are distributed in the following societies: “Swiss Society of Experimental Pharmacology” (SSEP), “Swiss Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology” (SSCPT), “Swiss Society of Toxicology” (SST) and the Swiss Society of Pharmaceutical Medicine (SGPM).

The SSPT organizes scientific meetings of general interest for all associated societies. The SSPT represents the field of Pharmacology and Toxicology in Switzerland within the following national societies and associations, respectively: Life Sciences Switzerland (LS2) and Swiss Academy of Sciences (sc-nat). Exception can be defined by the associated societies.