European Organisation for Quality
The Malta Chamber was appointed the national representative within the European Organisation for Quality in July 2010.
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 National Representative Organizations (NRs).
The EOQ was established in 1956 and its present effective membership is comprised of 32 national European quality organizations, as well as institutions, companies and individuals from all over the world.
The EOQ aims to be Europe’s leading promoter of Quality.
Improve European society through the promotion of Quality in its broadest sense.
This will be achieved by: Facilitated networking, thereby
- Speeding up research
- Aiding the transfer of knowledgeDisseminating leading edge concepts and techniques
- Functioning as a competence centre for organizations, governments and EU
- Supporting its members in the promotion and deployment of quality
- Fostering the processes of global integration in the field of quality
Qualified people, created by:
- Training and continuous professional development through attendance on appropriate courses taught by qualified trainers
- Recognition of the levels of competence achieved by issuing certificates of qualification
- Developing and providing training programs
Transformed organizations through:
- Integration of qualified people within the structure
- Masters in innovation techniques and breakthrough management
- Dissemination of information by all means
- Common framework of CSR & Sustainable development
Malta Chamber hosts EOQ Meeting
The Malta Chamber hosted a meeting of the European Organisation for Quality, between 16th-19th September. The Executive Board, led by EOQ President Mr. Niyazi Akdas was also accompanied by Dr. Eric Janssens, EOQ Director General.
The delegation was welcomed to the Malta Chamber by Board of Management Officer Mr. Andrew Mamo. Mr. Mamo gave the Executive Board a brief introduction to the organisation, elaborating on the work of the Malta Chamber’s Quality Management Committee as well as its educational efforts. This was then followed by their Executive Board Meeting, which continued throughout the weekend at the Exchange Buildings.
The delegation then moved on to Radisson SAS Golden Sands Resort, where they held their Business Leader Club Meeting. Malta Chamber Director General Ing. Ray Muscat also attended this meeting. Following a short introduction by Dr. Eric Janssens, the delegation was given a presentation by Mr. Winston J. Zahra, CEO of Island Hotels Group Holdings plc. Mr. Zahra discussed Energy Saving in Hotels, and New Concepts. Mr. Zahra was followed by the EOQ President, who discussed the process of waste to energy.
The Malta Chamber Secretariat also organised a number of cultural visits for the group, during their short stay in Malta.
Malta Chamber participates in EOQ General Assembly
This week, Malta Chamber Director General, Ing. Ray Muscat, together with Quality Management Committee Chairman Mr. Emidio J. Friggieri participated in the 116th General Assembly of the European Organisation for Quality, held in Budapest. The General Assembly dealt with a number of administrative issues, as well as various projects in the pipeline.
Ing. Muscat and Mr. Friggieri also took part in a meeting of the EOQ Personal Registration Unit. The role of this Unit is to act both as a clearing body and as a body for the recognition/certification and acceptance of EOQ certified professionals. It deals with:
- harmonisation of EOQ Personnel Registration Schemes
- registration and re-registration of EOQ certified professionals
- assessment/recognition of PRU Agents for personnel certification
The EOQ's goal is to achieve mutual recognition of qualifications within Europe, hence, the registration and certification of EOQ certified professionals. Since it issued the first group of certificates in 1995, the EOQ has registered a positive trend over the past 15 years. Approximately 50% of certificates have been issued for Quality System Managers (QSM) and about 35% for Quality Auditors (QA). Furthermore, the EOQ has worked towards developing Harmonized Schemes for new professions, following the recommendations made by different member countries’ EOQ-PRU Agents. This has led to the development of integrated certification systems for professionals having competences in several fields of management systems.