Basic orientation of the Qualitop standard

Qualitop meets common requirements for a quality management system:

  • Process orientation: The focus is on decisive processes for the management and service delivery of movement and health providers.
  • Customer orientation: The Qualitop standards primarily reflect the customer’s view.
  • Effectiveness: Movement and health-promoting principles are taken into account in the development, implementation and evaluation of the offers.
  • Evaluation: Systematic quality development through self-evaluation and certification.


The requirements of this standard lay down minimum requirements for the administration of movement and health-promoting services. However, this standard only applies to services in the field of movement and health promotion, which can be made available and used in public.

Exercise, physical activity, exercise: Exercise includes every physical activity exercised by the skeletal muscles, which leads to an increase in energy consumption. This intentionally broad definition can consist of sporting activity and other forms of movement. Overall activity during a given period of time is critical to the health-promoting effects of physical activity. It is often differentiated according to the domain of physical activity: in and around the house, during locomotion, at work or in leisure time. Sport is therefore a special form of physical activity, which can have a certain play or competition character, but does not have to: Today, one often assigns other leisure activities associated with exercise, such as hiking to sport. (BASPO, 2013)

Health-effective exercise: English: Health-Enhancing Physical Activity (HEPA). Any form of physical activity that improves health and has as few undesirable side effects as possible is effective in health. Health-effective movement is characterized by its intensity, duration and frequency. (BASPO, 2013)

“Exercise“: The term “exercise” used in The English-speaking world does not exist in German. He usually describes an intensive physical training aimed at improving fitness and health. (BASPO, 2013) Exercise is a generally structured training, i.e. it is physical activity that takes place at a scheduled time, in a planned place with planned exercises and duration, intensity and frequency.

More information on health promotion can be found on the gesundheitsfö website.