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 Application Rules

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General Application Rules

 

  • The number of submissions accepted annually for the DQA is limited by the number of assessors available annually to conduct the assessments. Therefore, companies intending to apply for the DQA must declare their intention to participate to the Award Secretariat as early as possible, allowing a minimum of 6-9 months notice, but preferably more than one year. This will help the Award Office to organize training workshops for applicants on how to conduct self-assessment and how to prepare the submission document, thus utilizing the application process to their maximum advantage.
  • The Award Office reserves the right to decline any application that does not reflect a genuine journey for excellence or if this journey was not genuinely supported by the highest authority and the senior management of the organization.
  • Winners of the DQA are obliged to participate and share their Best Practices with others, after the Award Ceremony, along with any related marketing campaigns.
  • Large organizations must apply for the DQA category, while small organizations must first apply for the DQAA.

 

Rules for the GOLD Category Applicants

 

  • Applicants in this category must be from past DQA or GOLD Category winners (with a minimum of 3 years since their last win).
  • While GOLD category winners may reapply for a 2nd GOLD, 3rd GOLD, etc…, 3-4 years after their last win, the Award Office reserves the right to extend this period or decline late or unexpected submissions.
  • Applicants in this category must focus on sustained improvement activities since the last win, and should not aim at reproducing an augmented version of the old submission document. Strong evidence of innovative, improved and/or newly introduced approaches is required.
  • The results must cover all relevant areas stretching over at least 5 years plus in most cases, showing comparisons with national and international benchmarks and best in class as applicable.
  • Non-winners in this category may reapply in 2 years time.

 

Rules for DQA Applicants

 

  •  Companies may either apply for this category directly or as past DQAP winners.
  •  Applicants in this category must focus on showing results that are caused by approaches and favorable trends that extend for at least 3 years plus, with benchmarks against national competitors and/or industry standards as applicable.
  • Non-winners in this category may reapply in 2 years time.

 

Rules for DQAA Applicants

 

  • Companies may directly apply for this category (provided that they have not been past winners of this category before);
  • Applicants in this category usually demonstrate stronger performance in the enablers parts than in the results. Nonetheless, their focus must be on showing results that are caused by approaches and favorable trends that extend at least 2 years plus.
  •  Non-winners in this category may reapply after 2 years.

 

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