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We cooperate as members with other quality organizations such as the American Society for Quality (ASQ), International Academy for Quality, International Council for QFD, and other overseas QFD groups.

The QFD Institute is the sole administrator of Akao Prize® and offers the world's only International QFD Certificate Program authorized by Dr. Yoji Akao, founder of QFD.

The International QFD Belt Certificates can be issued only by the QFD Institute and its authorized instructors. (The individuals' QFD Belt Certificate status may be verified by the contacting the QFDI.)

The QFD Institute is the American representative to the International Council for QFD (ICQFD), an alliance of countries participating in international QFD research activities and conferences.

Except as noted above, the QFD Institute is independent and is not affiliated with any foreign or domestic institutions and groups. Misrepresentations of the QFD Institute name (in print, websites, email, social media, etc.), QFD Belt certificates, or other abuse should be reported to the QFD Institute.

For upcoming QFD Institute sponsored events around the world, please see Events Calendar.

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CAUTION: Some websites promote online QFD templates and software, displaying our name and giving a false impression of relationship. These templates seem to contain incorrect QFD flows and methods. These creators are not internationally recognized QFD experts. Before downloading, please read about QFD Software. Companies may verify the QFD Green Belt® and QFD Black Belt® status of individuals by contacting us.