Health Policy

“QUARTZ” Program

The QUARTZ Program is unique in that it monitors the health of athletes, and is also capable of detecting not only possible pathologies but also abnormal profiles related to doping.

The QUARTZ Program has neither the vocation, nor the competence, to substitute itself for the regulations in force concerning the anti-doping fight; however its application on a voluntary basis can lead to excluding an athlete from a competition for health reasons.


Who is the QUARTZ Program aimed at?

The QUARTZ Program is based on the volunteering of the athlete. It is aimed especially to elite athletes with ITRA performance index above 850 for men and 750 for women.

For budgetary reasons, the QUARTZ Program, at its official launch on April 1, 2016 was only be able to handle 20 male and 20 female athletes. Priority was given to the top 3 men and women ITRA athletes of the 4 categories <42 / L / M / XL and the overall ranking if they are volunteering to follow the program QUARTZ Program. The QUARTZ Program is completely free for athletes.


What is the nature and duration of the QUARTZ Program?

The QUARTZ Program is a pilot study based on the volunteering of athletes.

This pilot study aims to study the feasibility and possibility of configuring the terms of the ITRA’s future health policy concerning elite athletes, who wish to participate in an ITRA member event.

The official launch of the QUARTZ Program was April 1, 2016.


What is the ITRA’s role in setting up the QUARTZ Program?

The ITRA aims to develop and promote trail-running as a full sport and in particular to promote prevention initiatives concerning matters of health.

The ITRA is, therefore, the general coordinator of the QUARTZ Program.



What is the link between the QUARTZ Program and the anti-doping fight?

The QUARTZ Program has neither the vocation nor the competence to substitute itself for the regulations in force concerning the anti-doping fight.

All use of drugs can be the origin of abnormal analysis results and lead to an athlete being excluded from competition on medical grounds.

Nevertheless, this exclusion from competition has no direct link with any procedure in connection with the application of the existing regulations regarding the anti-doping fight.


What are the obligations that willing athletes should respect, when entering the QUARTZ Program?

Obligations include numerous points which already exist on the ITRA’s health pages.

An important evolution is that analyses are no longer only performed by the ITRA during competitions, but athletes can also have the analyses performed in a medical analysis laboratory of their choice, near home or elsewhere, upon the ITRA’s request within a given time scale.


In summary, the obligations for the athlete can be summed up by the following actions:

⁃ An obligation to state the name of their personal doctor and trainer if they have one

⁃ An obligation to declare their location (country/town) and their competition program

⁃ An obligation to declare their Therapeutic Usage Exemptions (TUE)

⁃ An obligation to declare any medication being used

⁃ An obligation to agree to give any blood, capillary or urine samples, requested by the ITRA, for analysis.

All supervision and management of the QUARTZ Program is made over the Internet. The cost of the QUARTZ Program is totally covered by the ITRA.

Any lack of one of these obligations can eventually lead to an athlete being excluded from competition.

It should be noted that an athlete is free to leave the QUARTZ Program at any time; without being able to be reinstated afterwards.


Sport & Health On Line (SHOL)

  • Electronic data management of the TUE procedure for participants
  • TUE consultation + all participants history for the Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine has access to the athletes’ location
  • Electronic data management for participants to enter their data analyses
  • Records of anti-doping test consultations for Emergency Medicine
  • Consultation profile = statistical analysis of the results of all the participants for Emergency Medicine
  • Electronic data management for entering medical certificates
  • Electronic data management for entering participants’ medications
  • Consultation of medication + history of all participants for Emergency Medicine
  • Access to medication data bases = to control a test as positive or not

To create your own health profile, click on this link :

Quartz Program Partners

We are pleased that Columbia, Compresssport, Hoka One One, Salomon and The North Face are supporting this program.