Categories of the Deming Prize
As shown below, the categories of the Deming Prize are the Deming Prize for Individuals, the Deming Distinguished Service Award for Dissemination and Promotion (Overseas), the Deming Prize, and the Deming Grand Prize (former Japan Quality Medal).
For individuals or groups
Given to those who have made outstanding contributions to the study of TQM or those who have made outstanding contributions in the dissemination of TQM
For individuals whose primary activities are outside Japan
Given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the dissemination and promotion of TQM. As a general rule, examination will be carried out every 3- 5 years.
For organizations such as companies, institutes, divisions of organizations, operational business units and headquarters office (organization, hereafter)
Given to organizations that have implemented TQM suitable for their management philosophy, scope/type/scale of business, and management environment (Annual award)
For organizations that had received the Deming Prize or the Deming Grand Prize.
Given to organizations that had maintained and further enhanced the level of TQM for more than three years after the winning of the Deming Prize or the Deming Prize (Annual award)