AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE CERTIFICATION
What is API ?
The American Petroleum Institute (API) is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and nearly 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 625 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 40 million Americans.
Although focus of API is primarily domestic, in recent years its work has expanded to include a growing international dimension, and today API is recognized around the world for its broad range of programs:
API Certification Programmes :
Organizations have the option to apply for one or a combination of any or all of the following certifications:
• API Monogram Licensing • API Spec Q1 Registration
• API Spec Q2 Registration • ISO 9001 Registration
• ISO 14001 Registration • OHSAS 18001
1.Organizations can achieve ALL of the above certifications and API product licensing through one convenient annual integrated management system audit.
2.Organizations can achieve registration to one, a combination of, or ALL of the management system standards. API Spec Q1 and ISO 9001 or API Spec Q2 and ISO 9001 can be achieved through one convenient annual audit and one annual fee for either set of registrations with API.
3.Organizations can achieve API Monogram Licensing and any or a combination of the registrations through one convenient annual audit.
4.Organizations can achieve licensing to more than 70 different product specifications. The license allows organizations to provide evidence to equipment purchasers that they manufacture products in accordance with API product specifications.
API Certification Programs Application Certification Process :
1. Organizations applying for licensing under the API Monogram Program must develop and maintain quality manuals that describe 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).
2. Organizations applying only for ISO 9001 Registration must develop and maintain quality manuals and quality management systems that conform to the ISO 9001 standard. Organizations applying for API Spec Q1 Registration and/or API Spec Q2 Registration must develop and maintain quality manuals and quality management systems in conformance with these standards. Organizations applying for ISO 14001 Registration and/or OHSAS 18001 Registration must develop and maintain a management system that conforms to the requirements of these standards.
3. Prior to submitting an application to API, organizations must have had a management system in place for at least four months.This includes performing and documenting an internal audit and management review in accordance with API Spec Q1, ISO 9001, API Spec Q2, ISO 14001 and/or OHSAS 18001.
4. Submit the completed application forms, application fee, and the quality manual and conformity matrix, if required. The quality manual and/or conformity matrices must be in English.
5. API will review the application forms, the quality manual and the conformity matrix 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.
6. When the application package, quality manual and/or conformity matrix are accepted, API will schedule a Stage 1 or initial audit. The audit costs are at the organization’s expense. Stage 1 audit is only required for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 registrations.
7. 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.
8. 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 expense.
9. Initial or Stage 2 audits are performed on-site and include verifying the organization’s conformance with API Spec Q1, ISO 9001, API Spec Q2, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and/or any applicable API product specification(s).
10. 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)*.
11. Organizations licensed under the API Monogram Program will have audits scheduled every three years to ensure continued conformance with the applicable program requirements.
12. Organizations registered under API Spec Q1, ISO 9001, API Spec Q2, ISO 14001 and/or OHSAS 18001 will have a full system audit every year to ensure continued conformance with the applicable program requirements.