Glossary E

The Glossary for Quality Management +++ Popular Articles: 'Equipment', 'Evaluation', 'Effectiveness'

Deutsch: EAN (Europäische Artikelnummer) / Español: EAN (Número de Artículo Europeo) / Português: EAN (Número Europeu do Artigo) / Français: EAN (Numéro d'Article Européen) / Italiano: EAN (Numero di Articolo Europeo)

In the context of quality management, EAN stands for European Article Number, now globally known as the International Article Number. It is a standard barcode used worldwide for the identification of products in the retail industry. The EAN barcode system is crucial for quality management in supply chains, ensuring accurate tracking and management of products from production through to sale.

Deutsch: Bildung / Español: Educación / Português: Educação / Français: Éducation / Italiano: Educazione /

In the quality management context, education refers to the systematic process of providing knowledge, skills, and training to individuals within an organization to enhance their understanding of quality principles, standards, and practices. It aims to empower employees at all levels with the necessary competencies to contribute effectively to the achievement of quality objectives, process improvement, and overall organizational excellence. Education is a fundamental component of a robust quality management system, fostering a culture of continuous learning and improvement.

Deutsch: Wirksamkeit / Español: Efectividad / Português: Eficácia / Français: Efficacité / Italiano: Efficacia /

In the quality management context, "effectiveness" refers to the degree to which a system, process, or activity achieves its intended objectives and delivers the desired outcomes. It is a fundamental concept in quality management, focusing on the ability of an organization to consistently meet customer requirements, improve performance, and drive overall success. Effectiveness is closely related to the concept of efficiency but places more emphasis on the achievement of goals and objectives rather than the optimal use of resources.

Deutsch: Wirksamkeit / Español: Eficacia / Português: Eficácia / Français: Efficacité / Italiano: Efficacia /

Efficacy in the quality management context refers to the ability of a process, system, or product to consistently produce the desired results or outcomes in an efficient and effective manner. It signifies the extent to which a particular approach or intervention achieves its intended objectives and meets established performance standards. In quality management, efficacy is a critical measure of the success and reliability of processes, products, or services.

Deutsch: Effizienz / Español: Eficiencia / Português: Eficiência / Français: Efficacité / Italiano: Efficienza /

Efficiency is the extent to which time or effort is well used for the intended task or purpose, or the ratio of power consumed to useful power output as in Electrical efficiency.

Deutsch: Elastizität / Español: Elasticidad / Português: Elasticidade / Français: Élasticité / Italiano: Elasticità

Elasticity in the quality management context refers to the ability of a process, system, or material to adapt to changes while maintaining its performance standards and recovering its original state upon the removal of stress or change in conditions. This concept is crucial for ensuring that products, services, and processes remain effective and efficient in the face of variability, such as fluctuating demand, changing specifications, or environmental conditions.

Deutsch: Elastomer / Español: Elastómero / Português: Elastômero / Français: Élastomère / Italiano: Elastomero

Elastomer in the context of quality management refers to a category of polymers that exhibit elastic properties, allowing them to return to their original shape after being stretched, compressed, or deformed. In quality management, ensuring the consistent quality of elastomers is crucial due to their widespread use in various applications where flexibility, durability, and resilience are required. The quality control and assurance processes for elastomers involve assessing their mechanical properties, chemical resistance, temperature tolerance, and aging behavior to ensure they meet specific standards and performance criteria.

Deutsch: Element / Español: Elemento / Português: Elemento / Français: Élément / Italiano: Elemento


In the context of quality management, an element refers to a fundamental component or factor within a quality management system (QMS) that contributes to the achievement and maintenance of quality in products, services, or processes. These elements are integral to establishing, implementing, monitoring, and continually improving quality across an organization.