The Federal Act on the Federal Institutes of Technology is the legal foundation of the ETH Domain

The Federal Act of 4 October 1991 on the Federal Institutes of Technology (ETH Act) is the legal foundation of the ETH Domain, in which the Confederation specifies the constitutional mission of running the Federal Institutes of Technology (ETH Zurich, EPFL) while at the same time creating the legal framework for the operation of the research institutions of the ETH Domain (PSI, WSL, Empa and Eawag). The ETH Act regulates the competencies divided among the Parliament, Federal Council, the ETH Board and the six institutions. In particular, it outlines the position, structure and tasks of the ETH Domain and institutes the ETH Board as the strategic management body.