The Swiss federal government ensures that its own cultural property receives the necessary protection. It also provides support for the cantons, helping them to coordinate and implement the measures that have been planned. In particular the Confederation issues directives and guidelines for specialised training, and itself sees to the training of a cultural property protection management team. The federal government also provides subsidies for precautionary measures, to ensure the protection of cultural property including buildings and other types of property of national or regional importance. The competent authority in this case is the section in charge of the protection of cultural property within the Federal Office for Civil Protection.
The Swiss Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property serves as an advisory body to the Confederation, to the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports, and to the Federal Office for Civil Protection. The Committee has a maximum membership of 25 persons, all with a particular interest in the protection of cultural property.