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european foundation for quality management

European Foundation for Quality Management

EFQM, a not-for-profit membership foundation, is the creator of the EFQM Excellence Model, manages the European Quality Awards, and is a resource to European organisations on business and continuous improvement disciplines, tools and techniques.



  • EFQM Overview
  • EFQM Today
  • Public Sector activities
  • EFQM Local Government Prize
presenting efqm
Presenting EFQM
  • EFQM Explained
    • 14 Organisations
    • Vision and Mission
    • Current Members
  • The Benefits
    • Use of the EFQM Excellence Model
    • Implementing Organisational Excellence
  • Our Activities
    • Management Practice Studies
    • Model Related Recognition
    • Networking and Member Services
origins of efqm
Origins of EFQM
  • To stimulate and, where necessary, to assist management in adopting and applying the principles of organisational excellence
  • To improve the competitiveness of European Industry and to close the gap of competitiveness between Europe and US/Japan
  • Supported by the European Commission in The European Quality Promotion Policy

"the battle for quality is one of the prerequisites

for the success of your companies and for our competitive success". - Jacques Delors, EC President

EFQM Explained

the very beginning
The Very Beginning
  • Founded in 1989 by 14 leading European organisations :

 BT plc  KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines

 Robert Bosch GmbH  Nestlé AG

 Bull SA  Philips Electronics NV

 Ciba-Geigy AG  Ing. C. Olivetti & C.S.p.A.

 Dassault Aviation  Renault

 AB Electrolux  Gebr. Sulzer AG

 Fiat Auto Spa  Volkswagen AG

EFQM Explained

key milestones
Key Milestones

EFQM Excellence Model launched

Creation of Benchmarking Services

Creation of SME Award with EC support

Launch of Excellence One and Levels of Excellence









Fundamental revision of Model

First EQA in Madrid presented by King of Spain

Creation of Public Sector Award with EC support

Creation of Network of National Partners

EFQM Explained


Vision and Mission

Vision:A world in which organisations in Europe excel

Mission:To be the driving force for sustainable excellence in organisations in Europe

Objectives:A place to share, investigate and validate management practices that make a difference A variety of routes to business improvement and development Recognition of progress in organisational excellence through the EFQM Levels of Excellence

EFQM Explained

membership growth
Membership Growth
  • 14 members in our first year
  • Over 750 members today!
  • Rate of 70 new members each year
  • Introduction of National Partners
  • Across all Sectors
    • private, public, non-for-profit
    • all sizes, all industries
  • Across the Globe
    • All European countries
    • Now extended to non-European organisations

EFQM Explained

efqm members by country
EFQM Members by Country


Cyprus: 2


South Africa: 1

The Netherlands Antilles: 1

United Arab Emirates: 3

Iran : 1



750 Members in 2003
































EFQM Explained

national partner organisations
National Partner Organisations
  • Network of 25 NPOs
    • Austrian Association for Quality
    • Bbest
    • Center for Ledelse
    • Center for Excellence Finland
    • Mouvement Français pour la Qualité
    • DGQ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Qualität
    • Hellenic Management Association
    • Associazione Italiana per la Qualità
    • Excellence Norway
    • Associaçao Portuguesa para a Qualidade
    • Club Géstion de Calidad
    • Swedish Institute for Quality
    • Swiss Association for Promotion of Quality
    • Turkish Society for Quality
    • British Quality Foundation
    • Centre for Competitiveness
    • Quality Scotland Foundation
    • Wales Quality Centre
    • Excellence Ireland
  • Czech Society for Quality (New!)
  • Hungarian Quality Development Centre (New!)
  • Polish Centre for Testing and Certification (New!)
  • Metrology Institute of the Republic of Slovenia (New!)
  • Ukrainian Association for Quality (New!)

EFQM Explained

who is using the model
Who is using the Model?
  • More than 20,000 organisations across Europe
  • 60% of Europe’s largest 25 companies
  • 9 of the 15 European companies in the FT’s 50 World’s Most Respected Companies in 2002
  • More than 10,000 SMEs
  • 20 out of the 50 Eurostock companies

 The EFQM Excellence Model is a registered trademark of EFQM

The Benefits

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Who is using the Model?
  • More than 18 different Excellence-related Awards throughout Europe
    • European Quality Award
    • Austrian Quality Award
    • Belgian Quality Award
    • Danish Quality Award
    • Irish Business Excellence Awards
    • Finnish Quality Award
    • French Quality Award
    • Ludwig Erhard Award
    • Italian Quality Award
    • INK Prize (based on Model)
    • Northern Ireland Quality Award
    • Norwegian Quality Award
    • Excellence Award, Portugal
    • Scottish Award for Business Excellence
    • Swedish Quality Award
    • Esprix Swiss Quality Award for Business Excellence
    • UK Business Excellence Award
    • National Quality Award Turkey
    • Wales Quality Award

 The EFQM Excellence Model is a registered trademark of EFQM

The Benefits

importance of excellence
Importance of Excellence
  • EFQM-derived Common Assessment Framework has been adopted by Public Sector
  • Fundamental Concepts

The Benefits

the impact of excellence
The Impact of Excellence
  • Does Quality impact the Bottom-Line?
    • Study shows that stock prices of award winners increased by an average of 114% over a five-year period
  • Winners improved sales by 69%, total assets by 79%
  • Award winners outperformed benchmarks on operating income by 56%

The Benefits

Source: Vinod Singhal, “TQM Boosts the bottom line”, April 2002

triangle of activities
Triangle of Activities
  • Three interrelated activities shaping an integrated, organisational framework underpinned by the EFQM Excellence Model
    • Management Practice Studies
    • Model-related Recognition Activities
    • Networking opportunities & Member Services

Our Activities


Model Related Recognition

The EFQM Excellence Model


Practice Studies

Networking &

Member Services

Our Activities

management practice studies
Management Practice Studies

Access to a live repository of Management Practices gathered through Benchmarking and Networking

  • Management Practices
  • Excellence One
  • Good Practices and Benchmarking

The EFQM Excellence Model

Our Activities


Management Practices

  • Electronic Good Practice Studies provide:
    • A comprehensive, interactive, online learning platform for Performance Excellence
      • Cutting-Edge Quality Management News on the latest ideas and validated practices
      • Insights from the best organisations
      • Over 600 pages on key management practices
      • Discussion Forums and Virtual Communities of Practice to connect peers and specialists
    • Benchmarking Good Practice Database
      • Actual Reports from EQA Winners and Finalists
      • Select by country, sector, company

Our Activities


Management Practices

  • Physical Good Practice Studies provide:
    • An independent provider of Benchmarking Services at a Pan-European level
    • Ability to help others with the transfer and adoption of Management Practices
      • Common Interest Days
      • Benchmarking Groups
      • Benchmarking Study Projects
      • How-to Workshops
      • Fast Track Benchmarking
      • Research Consortia

Our Activities

model related recognition
Model Related Recognition

Promoting European-wide learning about the value of Organisational Excellence

  • Levels of Excellence
  • European Assessor Training Courses
  • Refreshing the Model
  • Self-Assessment Training

The EFQM Excellence Model

Our Activities

deploying the model
Deploying the Model
  • EFQM multi-level recognition programme featuring the European Quality Award as the pinnacle
  • Harmonisation of national and regional awards
  • Sector-specific guidelines and Awards
  • Model-related training programmes
  • Research on the concept of Organisational Excellence
  • Model-related materials including licensed training materials
    • Printed Publications in major European Languages
    • Electronic - Intellectual Property Agreement for Intranet use for our member organisation deployment

Our Activities





Levels of Excellence

Based on the full EFQM model

Max of 75 page submission in English

Team of 4 - 8 International Assessors

Consensus and Site Visit

Enhanced Feedback


Recognition at around 550+ points

Based on the full EFQM Model

51 page structured submission in the

local language

3 - 5 Assessors

Consensus and Site Visit

Feedback Report at criteria level

Recognition at 400+ points

Based on the 9 criteria of the Model

12 page Action Plan in the local language

Committed to


Two stage process, assessment and

site visit

Supported by one Validator

Recognition based on implementation

of an Action Plan

Our Activities

networking member services
Networking & Member Services

Enhancing networking and sharing opportunities on route to business improvement and development

  • EFQM Events
  • Communities of Practice

The EFQM Excellence Model

Our Activities

member services
Member Services
  • Free individual access to Excellence One
    • 10 subscriptions for A Member
    • 5 subscriptions for B Member
    • 2 subscriptions for C Member
    • 1 subscription for D & Associate Member
  • Use and disseminate freely the EFQM Excellence Model inside your organisation
  • Free access to the EFQM Benchmarking Good Practice Database
  • Validated Self-Assessment Methods
  • EQA Assessor (professional development)

Our Activities

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Member Services
  • CEO Round Tables
  • EFQM Forum
  • Learning Edge Conference
  • Training Licences
  • Model-related educational programmes
  • National Member Groups
  • Targeted Newsletters
  • Member-driven EFQM magazine
  • Preferential rates for publications, training courses

Our Activities



  • Communities of Practice
    • Drive Communities of Practice to monitor and develop good practices on a topic, in a sector, or for a function
  • Virtual Communities of Practice
    • Join our VCoPs which enable you to discuss with your peers and collaborate on documents together on-line
  • EFQM Events
    • All EFQM Events, such as the Forum, Learning Edge, Benchmarking activities, and Training, provide opportunities to meet peers & experts

Our Activities



  • EFQM News
    • Monthly newsletter sent by PDF to all Members
    • Can be placed on your Intranet
      • Making Best Use of Membership
      • Monthly Topic
      • Networking
      • EFQM Internal News
      • Calendar of Events
  • EFQM Website
    • Member Section
      • Benchmarking Reports
      • Representative Directory
      • Membership Events

General Inquiry about EFQM

  • Marketing & Member Relations
    • Melissa Rancourt – Head of Department
    • Vinciane Beauduin –
    • Françoise Thomas –
    • Geni Luengo –
    • Alexis Willems –
    • Patricia Bilteryst –
    • General request:
      • Tel: +3227753511
      • Fax: +3227753596

Activities & News

  • New and updated Publications
      • EFQM Excellence Model: Large Org, SME, Public Sector
      • Assessing for Excellence
      • Fundamental Concepts
      • Introducing Excellence
      • Case Studies: Future Bank and Spectrum
      • New Case Study: Mid-East Police
  • Assessment Training Courses
    • New Self-Assessment Course
    • New European Assessor Training
      • New pass/fail criteria for Assessed version
    • Roll-out to National Partner Organisations
  • European Quality Award
    • 210 Award Assessors in 2003, 30% New
    • Raising the standards - Set of Criteria for an Assessor

Activities & News

  • Good Practice Visit Programme
      • 6 visits in 2004
      • Members-only, Low cost
  • Benchmarking Activities
    • Benchmarking Group
    • How-to Workshops
      • Benchmarking, Balanced Scorecard, Six Sigma
      • Scenario Planning
      • Risk Management
  • Good Practice Database
      • Recently updated to last EQA applications
  • Excellence One
      • Peer Assist: to connect you to benchmarking partners
activities news
Activities & News
  • Research
    • Above the Clouds
      • Future Studies Project
      • Deciding on the Future of Work
      • Feeding the next generation Model development
  • CEO Round Tables
    • Opportunity for Member CEOs to network and share practices


  • Press Related Events
    • Press Page on web site: EFQM in the News & Press Releases
    • ISO in collaboration with EFQM produced a special ISO magazine dedicated to EFQM/ISO
    • EFQM was part of a business segment on EuroNews in March 2003
    • Press programme for Helsinki Forum 2003 included visit to Finnish companies from journalists
    • Press programme for Berlin Forum 2004 currently being developed


  • Promotion opportunities for Members
    • Exhibition booths available for EFQM Members
      • EFQM Forum
    • EFQM News
      • Success Stories always welcome
      • Description of New Members
      • Listing of companies attaining Recognised for Excellence and Committee to Excellence
    • Excellence One -- always looking for content on organisations applying successful management practices

External Relationships

  • European Commission
    • Involved in project to assess and audit activity of Information and Communication at the EC
    • Part of EC Working group for tools for CSR
    • Worked with EC to have Common Interest Day on CSR
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
    • Working with Global Compact
    • Writing guidelines to manage CSR with Model
    • Development Programme with United Nations

Public Sector Steering Group

  • “Improving Public Sector Performance Group”
  • Consist of 4 sub-groups – Communities of Practice:
    • Education
    • Health
    • Government
    • Academic Board
  • Mission: to promote and support improvements by the use of Excellence Concepts in Public Sector Organisations

Communities of Practice

  • Education
    • Forum for people within the Education community
    • Main focus are networking and partnership development, benchmarking, research and evaluation
  • Health Sector
    • Forum for Health care services organisations
    • Hospitals, public health systems, general practitioners, specialists, laboratory technicians, dentistry, pharmacy, mental health care, home care, private care services, doctors, nurses, midwives, therapists and academics

Communities of Practice

  • Local and Central Government
    • Provide a pan European networking forum
    • While facing some very country specific issues, there is also a number of common topics, problems and practices to share
  • Academic Board
    • Group of universities who run the European Masters Programme in TQM
    • Annual Summer School

Contact Person

  • Public Sector
    • Public Sector Advisory Team
      • Mr Jack Hudson
      • Mrs Carolina Sanchez
efqm local government prize

EFQM Local Government Prize

Sponsored by



LGP - Objectives


  • Extend the knowledge & involvement of Local Government in continuous Business Improvement  
  • Support E.U. initiatives relating to eGovernment
  • Accelerate the adoption of eGovernment with Local Authority & Regions

LGP – Overall Process

  • 2 Levels of Recognition
  • Based on EFQM Levels of Excellence scheme and E-Readiness tools
  • Culminates in annual European Prize/Prizes

LGP – Process Level 1

  • Apply to NPO/invited to apply for Committed to Excellence (C2E)
  • Undertake E-Readiness
  • Successful at both - receive national recognition
  • Possible referral for European Prize at level 1

LGP – Process Level 2

  • Apply to NPO/invited to apply for Recognised for Excellence (R4E)
  • Undertake E-Readiness
  • Successful at both - receive national recognition
  • Possible referral for European Prize at Level 2

LGP – European Prize

  • NPOs and EFQM nominate best applicants from National Levels
  • Citation forwarded to Jury
  • Jury = EFQM, Sponsors and EC representative
  • Jury select prize winner/winners at each level
  • Presented during annual EFQM Forum

LGP – Applicants Benefits

  • Structured methods for identifying strengths and areas for improvement and implementing improvements
  • Financial assistance through sponsorship to implement processes and gain recognition
  • Processes fit with requirements from ALL governments to identify improvements and improve services and performance

Contact Person

  • EFQM Local Government Prize:
    • Project Advisor
      • Mr René-Charles Tisseyre
      • Mrs Margot Van Zon
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European Foundation for Quality Management

EFQM, a not-for-profit membership foundation, is the creator of the EFQM Excellence Model, manages the European Quality Awards, and is a resource to European organisations on business and continuous improvement disciplines, tools and techniques.