Fitness is one of the fastest growing sports in Europe. Not surprising, because it basically can be practiced individually and therefore fits well into any busy agenda. In addition, athletes can vary almost unlimitedly within the different types and exercise schedules and are not limited by weather conditions. But how do you find a fitness club that delivers quality? Who works with qualified instructors, the right equipment and has good facilities? Online reviews are not always objective, but the independent European quality certificate FITcert is.
In 2019, the European quality guideline EN 17229 'Fitness centers - Requirements for facilities and operation', set standards for the day-to-day operation of a fitness facility, from health and safety to membership contracts and anti-doping. On the basis of the EN 17229 European trade organisation EuropeActive developed FITcert, the independent European quality label for fitness clubs. FITcert enables fitness centers to demonstrate that an independent, ISO 17020-certified, third party has established that it works in accordance with the quality requirements of EN 17229. Certification is not mandatory, but of course it is a strong signal to customers and other stakeholders that fitness clubs can use to effectively differentiate themselves from their competitors.
Five Level Certification
Certification against the FITcert quality mark consists of five levels, so that fitness facilities can gradually work towards the maximum attainable or desired level. The step-by-step certification also contributes to the principle of continuous improvement that EuropeActive wants to promote with FITcert. Below is a brief summary of the five FITcert certification levels: