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WHAT IS APQO?

The Asia Pacific Quality Organization is an autonomous, non-political, non-profit, scientific and technical organization domiciled in an Asia Pacific region fixed by the Core Council, Asia Pacific includes countries in Asia and those located near the Pacific Rim .


VISION

APQO's Vision is to be recognized as the universal prime mover in terms of continuously improving the quality not only of goods and services all over the world but also the quality of life of its people.


WHAT IS ITS MAJOR OBJECTIVE AND HOW IT IS ACHIEVED?

APQO’s major objective is to become an Asia Pacific scientific and technical association, whose country organization and individual memberships are jointly working towards the goal of achieving continuous quality improvement of goods and services. The objective is to be achieved through efficient organization, promotion and development of appropriate means to meet with other associations, institutions, groups and individuals concerned with and/or engaged in work related to quality improvement of goods and services. To date, APQO is listed in the World’s Selected Quality Institutions and is linked with fifteen other quality or standards organizations in the world.


BENEFITS OF APQO MEMBERS

  • Develop and practice leadership skills in managing a multinational organization – the Asia Pacific Quality Organization (APQO).
  • Participate in national and international research and publishing with the opportunity to present the results in an international forum-APQO Annual Conference.
  • Host a world class International Quality Conference, training sessions and workshops in your country jointly with the APQO-Annual Conference.
  • Receive company and individual quality awards and recognition for excellence through the Walt L. Hurd Foundation.
  • Your organizational and individual participation as a representative to the APQO results in driving continuous improvement and measurable results in your countries economy and also assists other economies in the region.
  • Your organization, its quality efforts and successes are highlighted on the APQO web site and our organizations can be linked to/from our respective web sites.

HOW IS APQO ORGANIZED?

APQO was incorporated in the Philippines , where its Secretariat is located. It is currently managed by a Secretary General who assist APQO Core Council member countries in networking with each other and with other world quality or standards organizations. The Secretariat runs mainly on funds generated from membership fees and contributions of Sustaining, Core, Associate, Corporate, Individual and Life Members. The APQO website keeps members abreast with each other’s development and with forthcoming global quality events.

The officers and Members of the APQO, who are elected during the Conferences have the responsibility of making the Committees under their care function effectively. Being leaders themselves, they have been given the charge of keeping the organization, which they represent, continuously updated of major quality events among the Core Council membership, as well as, the global quality directions for which they are expected to keep abreast.


WHAT IMPACT DOES APQO HAVE?

To date, APQO has successfully led the promotion of yearly international conference in the Asia Pacific. The APQO member countries take turns in hosting the conference. The idea of APQO was born at the First International Quality Conference held in the Philippines in 1981, hosted by the Philippine Society for Quality. This was followed-through in Mexico in 1983 during their First Asia Pacific Total Quality Congress. The First APQO Conference (1985) was held in China (which was their First International Quality Conference) through the leadership of CQCA; Second (1988) in Korea led by the Korean Standards Association (KSA); Third (1991) in New Zealand hosted by New Zealand Organization for Quality (NZOQ); Fourth (1994) in Malaysia through the Institute of Quality Malaysia (IQM); Fifth (1996) in the Philippines hosted by the Philippine Society for Quality (PSQ); the Sixth in 1998 was held in Seoul, Korea through KSA; the Seventh ( 2000) hosted by ASQ in Arizona, USA; the eight (2002) in Beijing, China; the ninth (2003) in Mexico City; tenth (2004) Manila, Philippines; eleventh (2005) Hanoi Vietnam; twelvth (2006) Sydney Australia; thirteenth (2007) Shanghai, China. Sharing of scientific and technical advances in quality is done through these Conferences and at APQO annual meetings hosted by Core Council Member Countries.


WHO BELONGS TO APQO?

There are now six types of APQO member grades as follows: the Sustaining, Core , Associate, Corporate, individual and the Life member. To date, country organizations are represented in the Council:

Core Council Members:

  • American Society for Quality
  • Australian Organisation for Quality
  • Canadian Society for Quality
  • Chile Calidad
  • China Association for Quality
  • Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, UAE
  • Indian Merchant's Chamber, India
  • Indonesian Quality & Productivity Management Association
  • Instituto Mexicano de Control de Calidad, Mexico
  • Korean Standards Association, Korea
  • Malaysian Productivity Corporation, Malaysia
  • Network for Quality Productivity and Competitiveness Nepal
  • New Zealand Organization for Quality
  • Philippine Society for Quality
  • Quality & Productivity Society of Pakistan
  • Shanghai Association for Quality
  • Singapore Productivity Association
  • Sri Lanka Association for Quality
  • Vietnam Directorate for Standards and Quality

Corporate Members:

COMPANY / ORGANIZATION
MEMBERSHIP NO.
COUNTRY
 AAI Sea Certification Sdn Bhd
    > Maniam Krishnasamy
CM – 0893
Malaysia
 CDG Certification
    > Shashi Shekar
CM – 0904
India
 Finnish Quality Association
    > Tani Jarvinen
CM – 0915
Finland
 Global Certification Services
    > Sindhu Kumar
CM – 0912
India
 Israel Society for Quality
    > Zigmund Bluvband
CM – 0886
Israel
 ITESM Campus Monterrey
    > Humberto Cantu
CM – 0884
Mexico
 Royal Impact Certification Limited
    > Prabhakar Pandey
CM – 0914
India
 TQMS Certification
    > Abhishek Shivhare
CM – 0913
India
 Universiti Tenaga National (UNITEN)
    > Mohamad Ishak Mohamad Ibrahim
CM – 0007
Malaysia


Life Members:

NAME
MEMBERSHIP NO.
COUNTRY
  AREF KASHFI, Hesameddin
LM – 0673
Iran
  BAILLIE, David H.
LM/FM - 0032
England
  BERTIN, Marcos E.J.
LM – 0008
Argentina
  CASE Kenneth E.
LM/FM – 0084
USA
  CONCEPCION, Gilberto G.
LM – 0083
Dom. Rep.
  DALAL, Adil F.
LM – 0903
USA
  DE LEON, Sonia Y.
LM/FM – 0039
Philippines
  DUBEY, Mahendra Nath
LM – 0901
India
  GATCHALIAN, Miflora M.
LM/FM – 0013
Philippines
  HA Chi Dao
LM – 0896
USA
  HARRINGTON, James H.
LM/FM – 0001
USA
  HINDELANG, William “Bill” J.
LM – 0012
USA
  HOYER, Paul K.M.
LM – 0113
Netherlands
  HUSSAIN, Mohd Razali
LM – 0919
Malaysia
  KONDO, Yoshio
LM – 0006
Japan
  LEE Seung Bae
LM – 0007
Korea
  MAGRITZER, Lou A.P.
LM – 0018
Australia
  MAHMUD, Ahmad Fadzil
LM – 0918
Malaysia
  MAN, John
LM – 0014
Singapore
  MHATRE, Arati N.
LM – 0905
Singapore
  MITTAL, Deepak
LM – 0015
Thailand
  ROMAN, Jorge J.
LM – 0900
Chile
  SAVARD, Jean Claude
LM/FM – 0062
Canada
  SHENOY, B. G.
LM – 0906
Singapore
  SINGH, Harnek
LM – 0119
Singapore
  STEEL, Paul
LM – 0898
USA
  TANG Xiao Fen
LM - 0004
China
  WATSON, Gregory H.
LM – 0009
USA
  WREN, Christopher
LM – 0888
W. Australia
  VELOSO, Zenaida T.
LM – 0071
Philippines
  VORA, Manu
LM – 0140
USA
  YONG Kok Seng
LM - 0017
Malaysia
  ZHU, Andy
LM – 0911
Singapore


WHERE DOES APQO HOLD ANNUAL MEETINGS?

The APQO Core Council meeting used to be done only in conjunction with the triennial Conferences. But with the envisioned increase in activities, it was decided, in Kuala Lumpur (1994), that Core Council meetings should be done annually. The first volunteer host for the 1995 meeting (6 th annual meeting) was Dr Nguyen Huu Thien, Director General of DSQ. This was held in conjunction with their First International Quality Congress in Hanoi , Vietnam . The 7 th annual meeting (1996) was done in the Philippines as part of the 6 th APQO Conference; the 8 th (1997) was held in Guadalajara, Mexico, hosted by IMECCA, the 9 th was hosted by KSA in Seoul, Korea and the 10 th was hosted by Sri Lanka Association for Quality (SLAQ) in conjunction with their First National Quality Convention in Colombo. The 11 th will be in Scottsdale , Arizona on Sept. 11-13, 2000 in conjunction with the 7th APQO Conference hosted by ASQ’s Service Division; the eight (2002) in Beijing, China; the ninth (2003) in Mexico City; tenth (2004) Manila, Philippines; eleventh (2005) Hanoi Vietnam; twelvth (2006) Sydney Australia; thirteenth (2007) Shanghai, China. Sharing of scientific and technical advances in quality is done through these Conferences and at APQO annual meetings hosted by Core Council Member Countries. Annual meetings are held to review past performances, policies and to plan directions of APQO. Individual members may, on request, participate (as observer) in the Core Council annual meetings.


WHO CAN BID FOR HOSTING THE YEARLY CONFERENCES?

All Core Council members can bid to host the Conference. Where required by some countries, a written government support should accompany the bid. Choice is done by the Council largely on the basis of when the bidder last hosted a conference if all requirements are equal. Bids for hosting the Conferences in year 2002 to 2008 have already been won by CQCA (2002); SLAQ (2003 start of APQO Conferences to be done annually); Manila, Philippines (2004); Hanoi Vietnam (2005); Sydney, Australia (2006); Shanghai, China (2007); Tehran, Iran (2008).


APQO’S WALTER L. HURD FOUNDATION

Was set-up to honor the memory of one of APQO’s staunchest supporter and to annually recognize the world’s greatest quality leaders. Gen. Hurd was once an ASQ President and Chairman of Its Board. He was a member of the prestigious International Academy for Quality and much awarded Quality Executive/Professional. The first awardees for Walt Hurd Executive Medal (for Top Quality CEO) and the Harrington/Ishikawa Medal (Top Quality Professional) were proclaimed during the Fifth APQO Congress in Manila , on October 21-23, 1996 . Both Mrs. Ann Hurd and Mrs. Keiko Ishikawa were present to award the respective medals. The second set of awardees received their respective medals at the XXV National Congress of Quality Control in Mexico on October 1-4, 1997 , hosted by IMECCA; the third set were awarded in 1998 at the Seoul APQO Conference. The fourth set will be honored at the 7th APQO Conference in Scottsdale , Arizona on September 11-13, 2000, 2002 to 2004 have already been won by CQCA (2002); SLAQ (2003 start of APQO Conferences to be done annually); Manila, Philippines (2004); Hanoi Vietnam (2005); Sydney, Australia (2006); Shanghai, China (2007); Tehran, Iran (2008). Other awards sponsored by WLHF are the ff: International Asia Pacific Quality Award (IAPQA), Miflora M. Gatchalian Professional Woman Award (MMG) and APQO President's Award.


APQO’S GPEA

Global Performance Excellence Award (GPEA), Formerly International Asia Pacific Quality Award (IAPQA), has been established by the Asia Pacific Quality Organization (APQO). APQO is a nonprofit organization that serves as an umbrella group that brings together all the leading quality professional societies from countries that border on the Pacific Ocean or considered Asian Nations. The award is administered by a foundation established by APQO called “The Walter L. Hurd Foundation”. Management direction for the awards is Provided by the Global Performance Excellence Award Council.


WHAT IS APQO’S LATES PROJECT?

APQO Research and Performance Excellence Centre (RAPEC) was officially opened May 13, 2008 by the President of APQO Mr. Shan Ruprai with his Excellency the Vice Mayor of Shanghai on the third floor of the Shanghai Association for Quality building located at No.74, Tai An Road, Shanghai , China.

SAQ has established a special working team, which performs under the guidance of President of APQO and Madame Tang, and two full-time team members work for the Center.


WHERE CAN ONE OBTAIN MORE DETAILS?

Contact:
Ms. Victoria M. Vallestero
APQO Secretary General,
APQO Executive Office
Tel.no.+632 703 3854
Mobile: +63 917-801 6070
Telefax: +632 571 2595
E-MAIL: executive@apqo.org