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The European Organization for Quality

EOQ, is an autonomous, non-profit making association under Belgian law.


The 61st EOQ Quality Congress will be held on October 11-12, 2017 in Bled, Slovenia, having as motto "Success in the Digital Era - Quality as a Key Driver". The Congress is organized with the valuable support of the EOQ National Representative organization from Slovenia, the Slovenian Quality and Excellence Association (SZKO). For more details, see the invitation of SZKO President.


European Quality Leader 2015

José Luis Velasco Escudero

Photo: from left to right José Luis Velasco Escudero, Torgeir Halvorsen, Dr. Gerald Sendlhofer,  Patrick Mongillon, George Georgiades - EOQ President, Dr. Eric Janssens - EOQ Director General

The European Organization for Quality has celebrated the winners of the European Quality Leader Award 2015 at the 60th EOQ Congress, in Helsinki/Finland on June 1st, 2016.  

The EOQ Jury selected as first winner of the EQL Award 2015, Mr. José Luis Velasco Escudero from Spain, Quality, Sustainability & Customer Service Manager at LOEWE (LVMH - Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy Group). For more See Press Release

EOQ Presidential Georges Borel Awards 2016

Photo: from left to right George Georgiades, Charles Corrie, Dr. Noriaki Kano, Viktor Seitschek, Dr. Eric Janssens

The 2016 EOQ Presidential Georges Borel awarding ceremony took place at the EOQ Presidential meeting held in Hlesinki/Finland on May 31st 2016 (see Press Release):

- Charles Corrie - awarded with the EOQ Presidential Georges Borel Award for governmental achievements 

- Dr. Noriaki Kano - awarded with the EOQ Presidential Georges Borel Award for international achievements

- Viktor Seitschek - awarded with the EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for European achievements


  • EOQ launches the European Quality Leader (EQL) 2016 contest. Candidates for the yearly European Quality Leader award may be proposed by EOQ National Representative organizations.
    The European Quality Leader is awarded by the EOQ to the best applicant to the yearly contest, by taking into account the defined EOQ-EQL criteria. Granting the EOQ QL Award is a strategic decision of the EOQ to promote top performances of people acting in the quality field in its broadest sense.

    The EOQ European Quality Leader 2016 will be awarded during the 61st EOQ Quality Congress of Bled/Slovenia, October 11 - 12, 2017.
    • qualityaustria Summer Academy 2017 – EOQ harmonized courses and exams in English language

    The next qualityaustria Summer Academy is planned to take place in Vienna from 14th to 28th of August 2017. 
    The intensive courses and exams, which enable participants to become Quality Management Representatives and Quality Systems Managers, are all hold in English language.
    The training content and examinations are accredited according ISO 17024 and are also EOQ (European Organization for Quality) harmonized, which means that EOQ-certificates can be applied for, in addition to the accredited qualityaustria certificates. Detailed information to content, dates and prices can be found in the folder following this link.

    For any further questions and registration, please contact Mrs. Andrea Schwarzer (andrea.schwarzer@qualityaustria.com). 

      • MoU signed in Helsinki/01.06.2016 by ITC partners with World Alliance for Quality members to create Global Platform for Quality to assist SMEs - Joint initiative to promote the development of effective quality management and assurance systems. See Press Release

        Photo: from left to right Patricia La Londe/ASQ, Margareta Funder/ITC, Marcos Vaena/ITC, Greg Watson/IAQ, Ichiro Kotsuka/JUSE, Dr. Eric Janssens/EOQ, George Georgiades/EOQ, Bill Troy/ASQ, Dr. Pal Molnar/IAQ, Janak Mehta/IAQ 
    • 2016 Events Calendar of EOQ National Representative Organizations
      • Quality Austria/Austria
        09.03.2016 - 22nd qualityaustria Forum in Salzburg. Details here
        28.04.2016 - 3rd qualityaustria Environmental and Energy Forum in Vienna/Linz
        16.06.2016 - Winners‘ Conference and Austrian Excellence Award-giving ceremony - Vienna/Palais Ferstel
        12.10.2016 - 8th qualityaustria Food Forum in Linz
        10.11.2016 - 10th qualityaustria Health Forum in Vienna
      • VCK/Belgium - the Flemish Quality Management Center organizes:
      • CyAQ/Cyprus
        - Awarding ceremony of the ”Cyprus Quality Leader of the Year 2015” followed by a panel discussion between three past Cyprus Quality Leaders.
        - General Assembly of Members and election of the new board of directors.
        10.10.2016: Annual Cyprus Quality Conference
      • EAQ/Estonia
        27.01.2016: Conference celebrating EAQ's 25th anniversary and the Quality Innovation of the Year 2015 Gala in Tallinn. For details see
      • AFQP/France
        27.01.2016 - organization of the AFQP "Prix France Qualité Performance" in the Ministère de l'économie, des finances et de l'industrie (Paris)
      • NNK/Netherlands
        16.06.2016 : Business Improvement Event at Leerhotel Het Klooster in Amersfoort. During this event nominated candidates for the title Business Improvement Manager 2016 will held presentations and the best will receive the BIM Award.
      • SFK/Sweden
        7 & 8.04.2016: The Quality Days of the Spring. Place: Linköping
        10.11.2016: World Quality Day. Place: Stockholm
      • SAQ/Switzerland
        10.05.2016: Day of Swiss Quality 2016 in Bern
        02.11.2016: Requirements Engineering Forum in Zürich
        03.11.2016: Unconference in Zürich

      • The EOQ General Assembly, held in Warsaw/Poland on December 4th 2015, approved the further development and implementation of three new EOQ products:

                      • EOQ Model on continuous improvement 

                        • Quality Mark: Recognized by EOQ 

                          • Brand Management

                        For further details please contact EOQ Director General eoq@eoq-org.eu

              • Participation at the annual plenary meeting of ISO TC 176 on quality management systems which took place from 23 to 27 November 2015.  More information: in the EOQ members' area or contact EOQ.
              • The latest edition of ISO 9001:2015, ISO's flagship quality management systems standard, has just been published. This concludes over three years of revision work by experts from nearly 95 participating and observing countries to bring the standard up to date with modern needs.
                With over 1.1 million certificates issued worldwide, ISO 9001 helps organizations demonstrate to customers that they can offer products and services of consistently good quality. It also acts as a tool to streamline their processes and make them more efficient at what they do. Acting ISO Secretary-General Kevin McKinley explains: "ISO 9001 allows organizations to adapt to a changing world. It enhances an organization's ability to satisfy its customers and provides a coherent foundation for growth and sustained success."
                MORE: http://www.iso.org/iso/home/news_index/news_archive/news.htm?refid=Ref2002
                Twitter: www.iso.org/twitter 
                Facebook: www.iso.org/facebook
                Google+:  www.iso.org/google+
                LinkedIn : www.iso.org/linkedin
              • New versions of EOQ CoS 9000 and EOQ CS 9000 for Quality Management Personnel have been issued and published in June 2015 in accordance with the current market needs and the new version of ISO 9001 standard
              • New versions of EOQ CoS 14000 and EOQ CS 14000 for Environmental Management Personnel have been issued and published in June 2015 in accordance with the current market needs and the new version of ISO 14001 standard
              • New “ EOQ Junior certification schemes” - EOQ Junior programs are intended to provide access to internationally recognized certification programs for persons who have reached a high level of theoretical knowledge in the specified area (e.g. typically through an advanced university degree in the area) but have not obtained the full work experience in order to fulfill the requirements of the respective certification scheme.


              • Current revisions of ISO 9001 and 14001 standards - focus on evidence of competence. See article of Thomas Votsmeier, Head of DGQ-Personnel Certification Body/Germany
              • At the EOQ General Assembly meeting of Leuven/Belgium, 06.12.2014, Benedikt Sommerhoff from DGQ/Germany made an interesting presentation - "The future of our core profession - The transformation of the Quality Manager". For details please contact eoq@eoq-org.eu
                Watch interview with Benedikt Sommerhoff.
              • EOQ important News! All persons (world-wide) interested in EOQ's activities and products are invited to become EOQ Individual Networking Partner Members


              • New EOQ normative documents (CoS and CS 50000) for Energy Management Personnel, Energy Management Representative (EnMR), Energy Manager (EnM), Energy Management Auditor (EnMA), Energy Management Lead Auditor (EnMLA), have been approved by the EOQ PRU SC and EOQ General Assembly in Gothenburg, June 2014.
              • New EOQ normative documents (CoS and CS) for Quality Management Personnel in Healthcare,  Quality Management Representative in Healthcare (QMR-HC) and Quality Manager in Healthcare (QM-HC), have been approved by the EOQ PRU SC and EOQ General Assembly in February 2014.
              • New EOQ normative documents (CoS and CS 26000) for Social Responsibility Management Personnel, Social Responsibility Manager (SRM) and Social Responsibility Auditor (SRA), have been approved by the EOQ PRU SC and EOQ General Assembly in Istanbul, November 2013.
              • Signing the IPC MLA with EOQ by the IPC Chairman Giancarlo Colferai
              • ISO Focus available free online - From now on, the electronic edition of ISO’s magazine ISO Focus+ is available for consultation and downloading free of charge from the ISO Website http://www.iso.org/isofocus+.
              • European Accreditation recognized stakeholder status of EOQ (November 2010).

              JOB and Career

              Welcome to the EOQ's job vacancies service!

              This site is open for job search for persons having a valid EOQ certificate. 

              For the opportunity to place your job search online, please contact EOQ or directly the EOQ Director General, Dr. Eric Janssens. Please add your up-dated CV. 

              European Quality Week 2016 Events

              The European Quality Week, organized annually by EOQ, will be celebrated this year in the period of November 7 - 13, 2016 under the slogan "Quality for Results". The EOQ National Representative Organizations are celebrating in their own countries by various conferences and events, e.g. (see details):

              • CSQ/Czech Republic
              • GAQ/Georgia
              • DGQ/Germany 
              • HMA/Greece 
              • HNC/Hungary 
              • NNK/Netherlands 
              • NFKR/Norway 
              • ARC/Romania 
              • SFK/Sweden 
              • SAQ/Switzerland 
              • TSE/Turkey

              National Quality Mark Labels – Recognized by EOQ


              SQ (Slovenian Quality) Mark is granted by the Slovenian Association for Quality and Excellence (SZKO) to companies registered in Slovenia with good business results, high quality products and/or services which have been produced in Slovenia. At least 50% of knowledge, materials, parts, and work involved have to be of Slovenian origin. By this, SZKO strives for the promotion of good Slovenian companies and Slovenia as a country.  More...

              Details about SQ Mark
              Quality Mark SQ Symbols 
              Ceremony on issuing one of SQ Quality Marks

              Links to other Organisations: