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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 Organization.

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 customer satisfaction.
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 of. 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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