European Quality Award

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The European Quality Award is now referred to as the EFQM Excellence Award.

This distinction is awarded annually by the European Foundation for Quality Management to the organisation that is the best proponent in Europe of Total Quality Management.

The first award was made in 1992 to Rank Xerox. Subsequent winners are:

In the past, the award was given to organisations in the following categories:

  • Large Organisations and Business Units
  • Operating Units of Companies
  • Public Sector Organisations
  • Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) in two categories, 'Independent SMEs' and 'Subsidiaries of Larger Organisations'.

European Quality Prizes are awarded each year by the EFQM. Recipients are organisations that have applied for but not won the European Quality Award; however, the application was of such a high standard that the European Quality Prize is appropriate.

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