President Ueli Kurmann, left, and director Ernst König unveiled the Swiss Sport Integrity Foundation ©Swiss Sport Integrity

Antidoping Switzerland Foundation will become the Swiss Sport Integrity Foundation from January 1, with the organisation set to assume responsibility for dealing with ethics violations.

The change and acceptance of a required ethics statute has been approved by the Swiss Sport Parliament.

The Antidoping Switzerland Foundation says the changes will help to provide better protections for athletes in Switzerland.

The organisation will be known as Swiss Sport Integrity, with the body assuming responsibility for handling ethical violations and grievances as well as doping cases.

This will involve initial consultation, investigation and prosecution of suspected violations, doping controls and doping prevention.

Swiss Sport Integrity will replace the registration offices of Swiss Olympic and the national sports associations.

It is claimed the change will guarantee independence, confidential treatment and consistent processing of reports.

A new digital platform will also be launched from the start of January, allowing anonymous interaction with the reporting person.

The digital platform will meet the highest security standards, it has been claimed.

The portal will allow people to report possible violations or grievances.

Initial counselling will provide information about the possible course of action and, if necessary, forwarding it to a suitable counselling centre for more in-depth advice.

Reports will be checked and could be forwarded to law enforcement, if deemed appropriate.

Should Swiss Sport Integrity have responsibility, it will carry out investigations and produce a final report for the Disciplinary Chamber of Swiss Sports, which will decide on possible sanctions.

The sanctions can be challenged at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

"We will use our forces and resources in a targeted manner to systematically deal with and prosecute ethics and doping violations," said Ueli Kurmann, Antidoping Switzerland Foundation President.

"For Swiss Sport Integrity, it is important to protect the health and well-being of Swiss athletes and the credibility of sport expected by the population."

Both the Federal Government and Swiss Olympic have pledged additional financial resources to meet the growing activities of Swiss Sport Integrity.

Kurmann and existing Board members Emanuela Felley-Bosco, Markus Feller, Urs Karrer, Walter Mengisen, Pascal Oswald and Marc Schneeberger have each been re-elected to the Swiss Sport Integrity Foundation.

The Swiss Sport Parliament has also elected Katharina Albertin, Barbara Lustenberger and Bernard Schumacher, after approving the expansion of the Board.

The officials will serve terms until the end of 2024.