2019 marks the CQI’s 100th year!

The institute’s founders established the Technical Inspection Association in 1919 to stem the production of faulty munitions after the First World War. In the last 100 years, the professional expertise of its membership has expanded from weapons inspections to the application of quality management principles across all sectors and industries and the CQI has mirrored that growth.

1919: The Technical Inspection Association (TIA) forms

1922: The TIA becomes the Institution of Engineering Inspection (IEI)

1944: The IEI evacuates its headquarters from London to Bath during the war

1972: The IEI rebrands as the Institute of Quality Assurance (IQA)

1984: The Register of Lead Assessors is created and evolves to the International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA) within the next decade

1989: IQA celebrates the first World Quality Day on 9 November 1989

2006: The IQA is awarded Royal Charter status

2007: The IQA reforms as the Chartered Quality Institute

2014: The institute creates the innovative CQI Competency Framework based on governance, assurance and improvement

2017: The CQI launches the inaugural International Quality Awards