List of national quality awards

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An EFQM Excellence Award from 2012

This article is a list of national quality awards.


A national quality award is typically part of a larger effort by a government to make its country's businesses more competitive in the world economy.[1] The awarding institutions are generally either government departments or ministries[a] or not-for-profit organizations with government ties.[b] In many countries, however, the awarding institutions are consortia of businesses.[c] Candidate companies compete in award-specific assessments of business quality and excellence criteria.[2] The assessments are annual and firms who wish to be considered for the awards file applications with the organization that conducts the competition in their home country. Competitors are evaluated by teams of examiners who are volunteers in Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, and possibly elsewhere. Several examiners separately evaluate company submissions against award criteria after which they meet to discuss their findings and to agree on a consensus score. The highest scoring firms advance to the next phase where examiners perform site visits to compare actual practices against those reported in the company submission and finally, awards are given to companies whose practices best fulfill the criteria of the award models.[3]

While each nation's awards programs only consider businesses within its national borders, there are two notable exceptions: The EFQM Excellence Award is a transnational award open to businesses operating in one or more European countries and the Deming Prize, which began as the Japan Quality Medal, became the first (and as of 2014 the only) global quality award in 1984.[4]

The most widely-recognized quality awards are the Deming Prize (the first of its kind) and the EFQM Excellence and Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards (due to their size).[5] The national quality award phenomenon grew out of the Total Quality Management movement of the 1980s.[6]


National quality awards[7][8][9]
Name Region Country Administering organization Year first awarded
Australian Business Excellence Awards[10] Oceania Australia SAI Global[d] 1988
Belgian Business Excellence Award[12] Europe Belgium Flemish Quality Management Center 1990
Canada Awards for Excellence North America Canada Excellence Canada 1989[e]
China Quality Award[14] Asia China China Association for Quality 2001
Deming Prize Asia Japan Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers (JUSE) 1951
Dutch Quality Assessment[15] Europe Netherlands Instituut Nederland Kwaliteit 1990
EFQM Excellence Award Europe Multiple EFQM 1992
ESPRIX Swiss Award for Excellence[16] Europe Switzerland Stiftung ESPRIX
Indonesian Quality Award[17] Asia Indonesia Indonesian Quality Award Foundation
Iran National Quality Award[18] Asia Iran Institute of Standards and Industrial Research of Iran
King Abdulaziz Quality Award[19] Asia Saudi Arabia Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization
Korean National Quality Management Award[20] Asia South Korea Korean Standards Association
de:Ludwig-Erhard-Preis (ILEP) Europe Germany de:Deutsche Gesellschaft für Qualität and Verein Deutscher Ingenieure 1997
Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award North America United States National Institute of Standards and Technology 1988
Philippine Quality Award Asia Philippines Department of Trade and Industry—Center for Industrial Competitiveness 1998
pl:Polska Nagroda Jakości Europe Poland Sekretariat Polskiej Nagrody Jakości
es:Premio Colombiano a la Calidad de la Gestión South America Colombia es:Ministerio de Comercio, Industria y Turismo de Colombia
Premio Nacional a la Calidad[21] South America Argentina Fundación Premio Nacional a la Calidad
Premio Nacional a la Calidad[22] South America Chile es:Confederación de la Producción y del Comercio
pt:Prêmio Nacional da Qualidade South America Brazil pt:Fundação Nacional da Qualidade 1992
es:Premio Nacional de Calidad Central America Mexico Instituto para el Fomento a la Calidad Total 1990
Premio Qualità Italia[23] Europe Italy Associazione Premio Qualità Italia 1997
es:Premios Príncipe Felipe a la Excelencia Empresarial Europe Spain es:Ministerio de Industria, Energía y Turismo 1993
Prime Minister’s Quality Award[24] Asia Malaysia Prime Minister of Malaysia
Prix France Qualité Performance[25] Europe France Association France Qualité Performance 2000
Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Award Asia India Bureau of Indian Standards 1992
Russian Government Quality Award[26] Europe Russia Secretariat of the Russian Government Quality Award Board 1997
Singapore Business Excellence Awards[27] Asia Singapore SPRING Singapore 1995
Thailand Quality Award[28] Asia Thailand Foundation of Thailand Productivity Institute 1997
TÜSİAD-KalDer National Quality Awards[29] Asia Turkey Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association
UK Business Excellence Award[30] Europe United Kingdom British Quality Foundation 1994
Utmärkelsen Svensk Kvalitet[31] Europe Sweden Institutet för Kvalitetsutveckling

See also[edit]


  1. ^ For example, the Bureau of Indian Standards is part of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in India.
  2. ^ For example, the Association France Qualité Performance is affiliated with the Minister of the Economy, Finances and Industry in France.
  3. ^ For example, the pt:Fundação Nacional da Qualidade was founded by 39 different private and public organizations.
  4. ^ This award was administered by the not-for-profit organization Standards Australia until 2003, when parts of Standards Australia were spun off as a for-profit company.[11]
  5. ^ While the Canada Awards for Excellence were established in 1984, quality was not awarded as a separate category until 1989.[13]


  1. ^ The Quest for Global Competitiveness Through National Quality and Business Excellence Awards, Tokyo: Asian Productivity Organization, 2002, p. 93, ISBN 9789283323327, OCLC 51512238, retrieved 2014-05-05 
  2. ^ Evans, James R; Lindsay, William M (1999), "4: Managing for Quality and High Performance", The Management and Control of Quality (4 ed.), Cincinnati, Ohio: South-Western College Publishing, pp. 143–145, ISBN 9780538882422, OCLC 38475486 
  3. ^ Vokurka, Robert J; Stading, Gary L; Brazeal, Jason (August 2000). "A Comparative Analysis of National and Regional Quality Awards". Quality Progress (Milwaukee, Wisconsin: American Society for Quality) 33 (8): 44. ISSN 0033-524X. Archived from the original on unknown. Retrieved 2014-05-05.  Check date values in: |archivedate= (help)
  4. ^ "Quality awards". London: Chartered Quality Institute. Retrieved 2014-05-05. The Deming Prize, established 1951 (International from 1984) and offered by the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers. 
  5. ^ Mouradian, George (2002), "8: Awards and Standards", The Quality Revolution: A History of the Quality Movement, Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, pp. 135–148, ISBN 9780761821908, OCLC 49724330 
  6. ^ Vokurka, Robert J; Stading, Gary L; Brazeal, Jason (August 2000). "A Comparative Analysis of National and Regional Quality Awards". Quality Progress (Milwaukee, Wisconsin: American Society for Quality) 33 (8): 41. ISSN 0033-524X. Archived from the original on unknown. Retrieved 2014-05-05.  Check date values in: |archivedate= (help)
  7. ^ Beecroft, G Dennis; Duffy, Grace L; Moran, John W (2003), "Appendix B: ASQ Quality Awards Listing 2002", The Executive Guide to Improvement and Change, Milwaukee, Wisconsin: American Society for Quality, pp. 229–242, ISBN 9780873895798, OCLC 51553408 
  8. ^ Siebels, Don (2004), "Appendix G: Quality Awards", The Quality Improvement Glossary, Milwaukee, Wisconsin: American Society for Quality, pp. 332–339, ISBN 9780873896191, OCLC 54805960 
  9. ^ Mohammad, Musli; Mann, Robin (2010-02-24). "National Quality Business Excellence Awards in Different Countries". Gaithersburg, Maryland: National Institute of Standards and Technology. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  10. ^ "Australian Business Excellence Awards". SAI Global. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  11. ^ "History". Standards Australia. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  12. ^ "Win de Business Excellence Award 2014". Vlaams Centrum voor Kwaliteitszorg. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  13. ^ Beecroft, G. Dennis; Duffy, Grace L. (2003), The Executive Guide to Improvement and Change, Moran, John W., Milwaukee, Wisconsin: American Society for Quality, p. 60, ISBN 9780873895798, OCLC 51553408 
  14. ^ "China Quality Award". China Association for Quality. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  15. ^ "INK-erkenning". Instituut Nederland Kwaliteit. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  16. ^ "ESPRIX Swiss Award for Excellence". Stiftung ESPRIX. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  17. ^ "Penghargaan Indonesian Quality Award – IQA". Indonesian Quality Award Foundation. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  18. ^ "Iran National Quality Award". Fariborz Bahi. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  19. ^ "King Abdulaziz Quality Award". Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  20. ^ "Promotions/Assessment". Korean Standards Association. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  21. ^ "Fundación Premio Nacional a la Calidad". Fundación Premio Nacional a la Calidad. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  22. ^ "SISTEMAS DE RECONOCIMIENTO". Confederación de la Producción y del Comercio. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  23. ^ "Premio Qualità PP.AA.". Associazione Premio Qualità Italia. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  24. ^ "Quality Awards". Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  25. ^ "Prix France Qualité Performance". Association France Qualité Performance. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  26. ^ "Russian Government Quality Award". Russian Research Institute for Certification JSC. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  27. ^ "Singapore Quality Award Winners". SPRING Singapore. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  28. ^ "Thailand Quality Award". Foundation of Thailand Productivity Institute. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  29. ^ "TÜSİAD-KalDer National Quality Awards". Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  30. ^ "The UK Excellence Award". British Quality Foundation. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  31. ^ "Utmärkelsen Svensk Kvalitet 2014". Institutet för Kvalitetsutveckling. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 

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