APQI (Associazione Premio Qualità Italia)

Aug 25, 2020 Off Comments by

Associazione Premio Qualità Italia (APQI) – Italian Quality Award Association was established in 1996 on the
initiative of Confindustria, the University Consortium in Engineering for Quality and Innovation (Quinn) and the
Italian Quality Culture Association (AICQ), to which other members were later added.
APQI is cultural and non-profit Association that aims to promote, also in collaboration with public and private bodies,
the quality and competitiveness of the Italian Country System through the development and dissemination of
methods, models and tools for evaluating and improving public and private organisations, with particular reference
to the organisation and management of Awards based on the EFQM Model for Excellence.
APQI worked in the first years of its life to promote the competitiveness of Italian SMEs and, to this target, in 1997
the Italian Quality Award, based on the EFQM Model, was launched.
The mission towards sustainable development and support for the excellence of the Country System has led APQI to
extend its commitment also in the Public Sector. A significant turning point in this direction was made in 2003 with
APQI’s commitment to the Veneto School Quality Award, the National School Quality Award and the National Public
Administration Quality Award.
In 2007 APQI promoted the development of the Innovation Framework and in 2008, the Enterprise Innovation
Award (Premio Imprese per l’Innovazione) was promoted by Confindustria in partnership with APQI, which manages
the evaluation process of the Award and is now at 11th edition.
In 2011, APQI developed the Safety Framework – a Total Safety Management Model – based on the EFQM Model.
Subsequently, Confindustria, Inail Accredia and APQI developed the Safety Model.
The Enterprise Safety Award (Premio Imprese per la Sicurezza) was launched in 2012 by Confindustria in
collaboration with Inail, with the technical support of APQI and Accredia and whose evaluation process is managed
by APQI itself.
In its 22 years of activity, APQI has promoted and/or managed 37 national and territorial Awards and has developed
a series of initiatives and projects in support of Confindustria and its associative and operational structures, the
Italian Museums and the Public Administration.