Structure and important principles

This guide describes requirements that a Qualitop Certified Institution must meet.

There are three qualitop criteria levels.  The Qualitop standards describe specific requirements that must be met. This results in typical indicators that make the implementation of the requirement recognizable. With a data-driven self-evaluation and supporting documents, the provider will make the described requirements visible within the framework of the Qualitop certification.

Key principles in the application of Qualitop:

  • Qualitop requirements also apply in the case where the service provider or parts thereof is provided by an external trainer /specialist (services are purchased by the offering movement and health care providers).
  • The requirements apply to that legal or natural person who bears the contractual liability in accordance with OR Article 97, with whom the end customer has entered into the contract. This is Swiss law. Those who are not liable for the service do not have to ensure that the requirements are met.
  • Overarching law (laws, regulations, standards, etc.) must be reviewed, taken into account and complied with by service providers.
  • All services provided by a certified training provider meet the minimum requirements of Qualitop.
  • The requirements and indicators are given examples of different aspects. These serve as a guideline. These lists of aspects are not exhaustive and can be supplemented on a case-by-case basis. On the other hand, not all aspects are applicable depending on the size of the service providers or the nature of the offer.


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.