Entries are now closed for 2020

Our fourth International Quality Awards will take place online on Wednesday 18 November 2020. More details to come!

The awards are an important date in the calendar, as they celebrate the achievements of exceptional quality professionals and auditors across the globe.  

A superb event. It’s inspirational to see all the other award winners on the stage and to listen to what they’ve achieved.
Stephen Hughes, CQP FCQI, Head of Quality, AWE - 2019 Quality Team of the Year winner

The International Quality Awards celebrates excellence in the quality sector. Judged via a rigorous evidence-based process, these awards acknowledge the contribution of the quality profession in enhancing the reputation of organisations around the world.

Next steps

Key dates

  • 31 July: Applications now closed

  • 4 September: Finalists announced 

  • October: Interviews take place 

  • 18 November: Awards

The judging process

Phase one: For each category, a panel of three judges evaluates all applications and selects a shortlist of three finalists. This phase is completed online.

Phase two: The finalists present their entry to the judges in an online interview. 

Interviews

Finalists will be invited to attend in an online interview with the category judges who reviewed their entries. The interview lasts up to an hour and the judges can question finalists on any aspect of their submission. Candidates are given the opportunity to elaborate on their written entries. The judging panel decides on the winner of each category after interviewing all candidates.

The 2020 categories

Categories

Emerging Talent Award

A quality professional that has contributed most to their organisation in the areas of governance, assurance, improvement, leadership and context within the first eight years of their career 

Audit Systems Award

An individual, a team or an organisation that has contributed most to establish and deliver an efficient and effective audit system.

Entries must be submitted by an IRCA member of any grade

Quality Professional of the Year Award

The quality professional who has played a key role in advancing their organisation’s governance, assurance, improvement, leadership and context.

Entries are restricted to CQI Chartered Members or Chartered Fellows

Quality Team of the Year Award

A team of quality professionals who have contributed most to their organisation through governance, assurance, improvement, leadership and context   

Quality Organisation of the Year (SME) Award

The small and medium enterprise organisation which best exhibits a culture of quality and puts it at the heart of everything they do. This award is open to any organisation with fewer than 250 employees and an annual turnover of less than £40m. If the organisation is a subsidiary or part of a group, financial results must be posted separately

Quality Organisation of the Year Award (LGE)

The large enterprise organisation which best exhibits a culture of quality and puts it at the heart of everything they do. This award is open to any organisation which has more than 250 employees or an annual turnover of more than £40m

CQI Volunteer of the Year Award ​​​​​

An individual who has demonstrated that they are an exceptional volunteer, displaying dedication and enthusiasm for volunteering, and making a positive impact on people or a project while furthering the CQI’s mission and vision.

The individual can nominate themselves or be nominated by a CQI volunteer, a CQI/IRCA member, or the CQI executive team

Please note that the award process for CQI Volunteer of the Year does not include an interview stage.

Improvement System Award

To recognise a team or programme that has achieved outstanding results through the application of quality methods to create improvement and change

Outstanding Contribution to Quality Management Practice Award

An individual or organisation that has made a significant and lasting contribution to the quality management discipline with clear consequential benefit to society, in any one or more of the following domains:

  • Academic thinking
  • Education 
  • Policy 
  • Practice 

**The consent of any nominees should be sought before nominations are submitted. **

Please note that the award process for CQI Outstanding Contribution to Quality Management Practice does not include an interview stage.

If I can get up there and inspire people to go out and get into the quality world, as a young person that's a win for me and the profession.
Victoria Derbyshire. PCQI, Apprentice Quality Professional, Nuvia UK Ltd. Winner of the Emerging Talent Award 2019

Watch highlights from the 2019 Awards show