In Switzerland compulsory stocks have to be held of a number of essential goods. This means that certain sectors of the economy are required to maintain stocks of these goods as a contribution to security of supply. The Confederation supervises and subsidises the maintenance of these compulsory stocks. The essential goods concerned are: foodstuffs (certain foods and fertilisers), energy (e.g. petrol, heating oil) and therapeutic products (antibiotics, painkillers, insulin preparations). More information on this topic can be found under Stockholding.
Compulsory stocks can be released within 1 to 2 weeks, ensuring goods remain available in the case of a disruption to supply.