The European Organization for Quality, EOQ (the oldest and most extensive European Quality Organization), is an autonomous, non-profit making association under Belgian law.
The EOQ is the European interdisciplinary organization striving for effective improvement in the sphere of quality management as the coordinating body and catalyst of its Full Member Organizations (FMOs).
The EOQ was established in 1956 and its present membership is comprised of 34 national European quality organizations, as well as institutions, companies and individuals from all over the world.
During fiscal 2000, the leadership team of EOQ examined ways to contribute to the competitiveness of the European Union. They interviewed several candidates and selected among others:
GOAL/QPC - Quality tools and creativity
ASQ - Six Sigma
Performance Center, Portland, OR - Organizational transformation
Shoji Shiba - Quality methods
In the fiscal year ending May 31, 2003, GOAL/QPC saw increased revenue of 71% over the preceding year. This was accomplished through:
- Cooperative Efforts with 25 of the 35 member countries,
- Participation in 4 Summer Camps,
- Establishment of 3 Distribution Centers,
- Courses in 6 countries,
- Lectures at several quality conferences,
- Licensing to print in new languages,
- Development of new Memory Joggers
® Transformational Change
® Various new languages
In May of 2003, the Georges Benel Award was presented for the first time to the person from around the world who has contributed the most to improvement in quality. This award was given to Bob King, CEO of GOAL/QPC.