EFQM Committed to Excellence Project Validation or Assessment

Even the longest journey starts with a single step.

The EFQM Committed to Excellence is designed to help ensure that first step is a step in the right direction. Many people think that implementing the EFQM Excellence Model is a long, complex and expensive process. However, that isn’t necessarily true. Implementing the Model can be as simple or as complex as you choose to make it.

EFQM Committed to Excellence is an assessment and recognition scheme that helps you introduce an excellence initiative into your organisation and deliver improved results. It is an action-based learning project that entails identifying, prioritising and implementing improvement projects using the EFQM Excellence Model and RADAR logic.

Option 1 - Project Validation

The Project Validation option consists of two stages. In the first, you conduct a simple Self-Assessment against the EFQM Excellence Model, from which you will define 3 improvement plans. In the second stage, an independent EFQM Validator reviews the outcomes delivered from the improvement projects and provides structured feedback.

The process has 5 steps and lasts 9 to 12 months:

At the end of the validation, you will receive a feedback report detailing the strengths and opportunities for improvement observed. If you can demonstrate you managed the improvement projects in a structured fashion and you have made clear progress, you will receive the EFQM Committed to Excellence recognition.


  • EFQM Member prices start from: 3,500 Euro (excluding VAT)
  • Non-EFQM Member prices start from: 5,000 Euro (excluding VAT)

Please click here to find the Committed to Excellence Project Validation Application Form.

Option 2 - Assessment

If you opt for the assessment method, you will need to prepare a short submission document. 2 EFQM Assessors will then spend 1 day on-site to complete 6 themed interviews. They will assess you, and produce a feedback report, against the 9 criteria of the EFQM Excellence Model.

Depending on the score you achieve, you will receive the EFQM Committed to Excellence 2 Star recognition.


  • EFQM Member prices start from: 5,000 Euro (excluding VAT)
  • Non-EFQM Member prices start from: 7,143 Euro (excluding VAT)

Please click here to find the Committed to Excellence Assessment Application Form.

EFQM Quick Check Self-Assessment

The Quick Check tool has been specially designed for organisations who have not done a self-assessment before. It takes 1 to 2 hours to complete and checks the maturity of the enablers you already have in place. You also rate how important each of these enablers is to achieving your strategy. At the end of the assessment, the 20 enablers are ranked based on a combination of current maturity and strategic importance. This helps identify the priorities you need to focus on. There are also templates in the tool to help structure and track the progress of the improvement projects you select.

Are you ready for an assessment?

EFQM has designed a simple way to determine whether you are ready for an assessment.  All you need to do is answer the 6 questions.  Click here to access the questionnaire.

Why apply?

  • Focus on strategically important projects
  • Improve your organisation's performance
  • Instil a culture of continuous improvement
  • Involve your people at all levels
  • Receive value adding external feedback
  • Be internationally recognised

Our journey to excellence was really confirmed to our customers, suppliers and employees after our decision to go for EFQM.  The EFQM Model is unique for its clarity and integration.  After achieving the Committed to Excellence, the confidence of successful implementation of excellence increased dramatically within our organisation.  We really demonstrate our motto "Manufacturing of Trust" to all our stakeholders.

Who can apply?

The EFQM Committed to Excellence Programme is a simple & easy step for organisations or units who are just beginning to explore ways to improve their business approach. A typical profile of an applicant organisation looks as follows:

  • They have experience of introducing improvement initiatives but change is managed ad-hoc, now interested in taking an organisation-wide perspective.
  • They measure their performance using mainly internal measures with little use of external comparisons as the basis for target setting.

Click here to access the Recognition Online database

Any organisation or business unit can apply at any time, regardless of their location, size or sector. EFQM can help you to start with the Start Simple One-Day Workshop.

For more information, please contact us at info@efqm.org.

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Our "Start Simple" package makes sure that first step is in the right direction. It's designed to support you through the first 12 months of your journey.