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API Q1 requirements are ISO 9001 requirements, plus requirements unique to
the oil and natural gas industry.
API Specs Q1
The Specification for Quality Programs for the Petroleum, Petrochemical and Natural
Gas Industry, provides the Quality Management System (QMS) requirements used throughout
much of the worldwide oil and natural gas industry.
API Specification Q1 describes the requirements for a Quality Management System
(QMS) required to manufacture consistent and reliable API products. A supplier QMS
achieves API Q1 certification only after an applicant’s Quality Manual has been
submitted to and approved by API. Based on API’s Spec Q1, Specification for Quality
Programs, companies that either manufacture products to API specifications, or provide
industry services not covered by an API standard, can apply for API Spec Q1 Registration.
By meeting the quality system requirements of API Spec Q1, companies can show their
customers they meet the industry’s demands by becoming an API Spec Q1 Registered
API Specs Q2
API Spec Q2 is the first international quality management system standard for service
supply organizations offered by the American Petroleum Institute. Published in December
2011, API Spec Q2, Specification for Quality Management System Requirements for
Service Supply Organizations for Petroleum and Natural Gas Industries outlines fundamental
quality management system requirements that are critical to upstream operations.
The industry-written specification applies to critical activities such as well construction,
intervention, production, abandonment, well servicing, equipment repair and maintenance,
and inspection activities.
Service supply organizations will implement the requirements of API Spec Q2 throughout
their quality management systems, creating a larger, more qualified service supply
base. Compliant service supply organizations will boast superior quality management
systems that control all operational processes, provide consistent results, manage
change effectively, continually improve, reduce operational downtime, and increase
A known leader in management system certification, API offers organizations the
opportunity to show the world they take quality seriously.
About API Monogram Program
Every day, around the world, the oil and natural gas industry relies on equipment
and products identified by the API Monogram to get the job done right. Designed
for manufacturers of production equipment, drilling equipment and now, refinery
equipment, the API Monogram Program lets companies show the world what they're made
Global demands and an increasingly competitive business environment in the oil and
natural gas industry have created new measures by which organizations must demonstrate
their abilities. API is committed to maintaining the highest level of confidence
in its certification and/or licensing activities by providing impartial and objective
assessments of its client’s management systems. This commitment is supported by
processes that manage conflicts of interest, ensure personnel competence, maintain
confidentiality of information while promoting openness, and enable communication
with all stakeholders.
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Organizations applying for licensing under the API Monogram Program
must develop and maintain a quality manual that describes their quality management
system and how it conforms to the requirements of API Spec Q1. Organizations participating
in the API Monogram Program must also demonstrate continued ability to meet the
technical requirements identified in the applicable API product specification(s).
Organizations applying only for ISO 9001 Registration must have quality
manuals and quality management systems that conform to the ISO 9001 standard. Companies
applying for API Spec Q1 Registration or ISO/TS 29001 Registration must have quality
manuals and quality management systems in conformance with API Spec Q1. Companies
applying for API Spec Q2 Registration must have quality manuals and quality management
systems in conformance with API Spec Q2.
Prior to submitting an application to API, organizations must have
had a quality management system in place for at least four months. This includes
performing and documenting an internal audit and management review in accordance
with the applicable standard.
Submit the completed application forms, application fee, and the quality
manual (if applicable), and the API Spec Q1, 9th Edition Conformity Matrix and/or
the API Spec Q2 Conformity Matrix. The quality manual must be written in English.
API will review the application forms and the quality manual (if applicable)
for conformance with program requirements and applicability of desired scope of
certification. Should application forms be incomplete, and/or should the quality
manual be out of conformance with requirements, API will provide comments.
For those applying for an API Monogram license, once the application
package, the quality manual and the API Spec Q1, 9th Edition Conformity Matrix are
accepted, API will schedule an on-site audit. Audits include verifying the organization’s
conformance with API Spec Q1 and any applicable API product specification. The audit
costs are at the organization's expense.
For those applying for registration under API Spec Q1, API Spec Q2,
ISO 9001, ISO/TS 29001, once the application package
and quality manual are accepted, API will schedule a Stage 1 audit. The audit costs
are at the organization's expense.
Stage 1 audits are generally performed offsite and require the organization
to provide the auditor with documents for review. These documents may include procedures,
control features, internal audit reports, management review records, staff responsibilities
and facility layout. If needed, parts of the Stage 1 audit may be carried-out at
the organization’s premises.
Once the Stage 1 audit has been successfully completed, API and the
assigned auditor will schedule a Stage 2 audit. The audit costs are at the organization’s
Stage 2 audits are performed on-site and include verifying the organization’s
conformance with API Spec Q1, API Spec Q2, ISO 9001, ISO/TS 29001.
API will make the certification decision on the basis of an evaluation
of the audit findings and conclusions, and evidence of effective implementation
of corrective actions by the organization (if required)*.
Organizations licensed under the API Monogram Program will have audits
scheduled every three years to ensure continued conformance with the applicable
Organizations registered under API Spec Q1, API Spec Q2, ISO 9001,
ISO/TS 29001 will have a full system audit every year
to ensure continued conformance with the applicable program requirements.