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AFNOR (Association française de normalisation) is a state-approved organization, placed under the
supervision of the Ministry for Industry.  Its mission is to pilot and coordinate the preparation of standards, represent and defend French interests within all standardization bodies, approve standards, promote and facilitate the use of standards, and develop NF certification and products, services and systems certification.

Center for Excellence: Finland
The CEF actively support Finnish companies and organizations in the development of their performance excellence, quality, and competitiveness and ultimately, the competitiveness of Finnish society as a whole.

European Committee for Standardization
CEN's mission is to promote voluntary technical harmonization in Europe in conjunction with worldwide bodies and its partners in Europe.

European Foundation for Quality Management
The European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) was founded in 1988 by the Presidents of 14 major European companies, with the endorsement of the European Commission. The present membership is in excess of 600 organisations ranging from major multinationals and important national companies to research institutes in prominent European universities.


EUROMET is a cooperative organisation between the national metrological organisations in the EU and EFTA states and the European Commission. The participating metrology institutes intend to collaborate in EUROMET, with the objective of promoting the co-ordination of metrological activities and services with the purpose of achieving higher efficiency.

European Organization for Quality
The European Organization for Quality is an autonomous, non-profit making association under Belgian law.  It 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.

European Quality Online
This is a management and business improvement information resource where you can browse special reports and publications, sample content and order copies. You'll also find news about initiatives and forthcoming events, and valuable links to people and sites. 

The interuniversity center EUROQUAL has been created with the support of many companies (La Genevoise Assurances, Logitech, Nestlé, Manufactures des Montres Rolex, Chaillot Bouchons, Swisscontrol …). It is in charge of managing and coordinating a high level teaching in quality management with the help of numerous Swiss and foreign universities. 

Excellence Ireland
Excellence Ireland is a not for profit organisation funded by its members who consist of over 800 corporate and 2,500 individuals. Their membership includes organisations from all sectors including Manufacturing & Services and from both the public and private sectors.  Since its foundation, Excellence Ireland has been involved in the promotion and development of quality management

International Laboratory Accreditation Congress
ILAC is an international cooperation between the various laboratory accreditation schemes operated throughout the world. Founded twenty years ago, ILAC was formalised as a cooperation in 1996 when 44 national bodies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Amsterdam. 

ISO Home Page
This is the site of the International Organization for Standardization.  Here, you can also learn what ISO is, and, since there are many misconceptions about ISO, what it is not.  

Japanese Industrial Standards Committee
JISC consist of many national committees and plays central role in standardization activities in Japan. 

Northern Ireland Quality Center
The Quality Centre is an independent, not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee and funded by members' subscriptions and the provision of services. Established by a small group of member companies in 1990, the centre has since grown rapidly and now represents members drawn from the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Pan American Standards Commission
The Pan American Standards Commission, known as COPANT, is a civil, non-profit association.  The basic objectives of COPANT are to promote the development of technical standardization and related activities in its member countries with the aim of promoting their industrial, scientific and
technological development in benefit of an exchange of goods and the provision of services, while facilitating cooperation in intellectual, scientific and social fields. 

Quality Society of Australasia
The Quality Society of Australasia Limited was formed in 1989 out of a need to provide professional recognition and development for people practising in the field of quality management.

South African Bureau of Standards

The SABS is South Africa's official body for the preparation and publication of standards, and it is a statutory organisation, governed by Act 29 of 1993. It renders important services to goverment, trade, industry and the consumer in order to achieve its stated aims: strengthening the South African economy, and enhancing the quality of life of all South Africans by promoting quality and standardisation. 

Standards Council of Canada
The Standards Council has the mandate to coordinate and oversee the efforts of the National Standards System, which includes organizations and individuals involved in voluntary standards development, promotion and implementation in Canada. Located in Ottawa, the Standards Council has a 15-member governing Council and a staff of approximately 70. The organization reports to Parliament through the Minister of Industry.

Turkish Standards Institute
The Turkish Standards Institution initiated the conformity to standards certification with the TSE Mark System launched in 1964, with a view to inculcating among the producers the consciousness of conformant goods, protecting the life and property of the consumers facilitating the comparison and selection in purchases and avoiding unfair trade practices.

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