Missing Children Switzerland is a non-profit foundation, recognised as a public-interest organisation.
In 2017, the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) entrusted Missing Children Switzerland with the responsibility for the 116 000 hotline for the whole of Switzerland, pursuant to Art. 4 (1), Art. 25 and Art. 31b of the Ordinance of 6 October 1997 on addressing resources in the telecommunications sector (ORAT; SR 784.104).
Prior to this decision, the number was held and managed by the police.
Missing Children Switzerland's competence is legally defined by the CEPT* Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) decision on the management of the 116 000 emergency number in all EFTA countries**, of which Switzerland is a member (decision ECC/DEC/(07)03 of 6 July 2007, revised on 26 February 2008 and 16 June 2010).
* European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations
** European Free Trade Association