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API Monogram Program & APIQR

API Quality Registrar & Monogram Programs Overview

Join the industry’s best and show the world what you have to offer. More than 4,600 businesses in 80 countries - from small entrepreneurial firms to large multinational corporations - are authorized to use the API Monogram and APIQR marks. These companies, and the products they manufacture, meet industry-written standards and globally-accepted management system specifications. Find out who they are by visiting the API Composite List.

Monogram Program

API Monogram is a voluntary licensing program that facilitates the consistent manufacturing of product that conforms to applicable API Specifications. Licensed manufacturers are given the authority to apply the API Monogram registered mark to equipment that meets the requirements.

Plus, the licensee demonstrates that they have a quality management system that is compliant with API Spec Q1 - an industry-leading quality management standard. API Spec Q1 meets all of the ISO 9001 requirements, in addition to requirements that are geared specifically for the oil and natural gas industry.

APIQR Program

APIQR is a Quality Registrar Program, which means that we can register your organization’s Management System to API Spec Q1, API Spec Q2, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. Through APIQR, registered organizations demonstrate that they operate in conformance with their registered Management System and the requirements of that applicable standard.

APIQR is accredited by ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.


From Application to Recertification

From application to Recertification


What Monogram and APIQR Programs Mean to the Oil and Gas Industry

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To API

  • The Monogram Mark is a protected trademark
  • Legally enforceable program requirements through contract agreements with the Licensees
  • The mark can only be applied to new, conforming product, manufactured by the Licensed organization at the Licensed facility
  • Industry initiative that supports its commitment to improve safety and reliability of oil and gas industry equipment and operations

To Manufacturers

  • A way to be recognized by API and industry for product quality
  • Recognition of their capability to manufacture products that meet API specifications
  • A means to physically mark and identify conforming products

To Equipment Purchasers and End-Users

  • Verification that the products meet the requirements of the API specifications and standards
  • Manufacturers have implemented a management system that provides assurances that processes have been implemented to provide consistent, conforming products
  • Manufacturers have implemented processes and controls to identify and address customer requirements, customer complaints and product issues
  • A method to trace products back to the original manufacturer, design and performance requirements
  • A means to report industry product and process issues and nonconformities
  • Visible identification in the field that a product was manufactured to conform to an API product specification or standard

API Monogram Licensing Program

  • API Monogram is a voluntary licensing program designed to facilitate the consistent manufacturing of product that conforms to applicable API Specifications.
  • The Licensee must implement, maintain and continually improve their quality management system to meet the requirements of API Spec Q1, although Q1 certification is not required.
  • The program gives licensed manufacturers an opportunity to mark conforming product so that it is easily identifiable in the field, as well as traceable back to the place and date of manufacture.
  • Licenses are only issued after an on-site audit has verified conformance to product specifications and management system requirements. Audits are then conducted upon Renewal, which is every three years, or on an annual basis if the organization also holds a management system registration through the APIQR Program.
  • Licensees, licensed products and licensing statuses are provided in the online API Composite List.

List of Monogram Licenses & Licensing Information Forms


Program Requirements

Although the information on these webpages provides key elements from the API Monogram Licensing Program Requirements, the requirements document is your principal resource for what is required from API Monogram Licensees, as well as what you can expect from API. It is your guide to:

Part 1 – General Requirements:
Find out how API conducts API Monogram licensing and what is expected of both API and the applicant. Also, find out how to obtain a complete list of the API Monogram Program Product Specifications available for licensing.

Part 2 – Use and Misuse of the API Monogram:
A description of how the mark is to be used.

Part 3 – Licensing Process:
A step-by-step guide on how to become a licensed facility.

Part 4 – License Agreement:
Detailed information on the rules governing the API Monogram Licensing Program.

Part 5 – Fee Schedule: The types of fees, the costs involved, and how to submit payment.

Eligibility Criteria

The API Monogram Program is designed to identify organizations that have demonstrated the ability to manufacture new equipment that conforms to API product specifications. Even though subcontracting is permitted, API may perform additional audits (at the organization’s expense) of any primary subcontractors to ensure their compliance with applicable specifications or requirements. API may refuse initial licensing or suspend current licensing based on a facility’s level of manufacturing capability.

Prior to applying for an API Monogram License, you must first:

  • Have a quality management system that has been operational for at least four (4) months and is compliant with API Spec Q1.
  • Describe the quality management system in a quality manual. The quality manual must recognize each requirement of API Spec Q1.
  • Maintain the technical capability to manufacture products compliant with the applicable API product specification.
  • Complete and sign the Excel IconAPI Spec Q1, 9th Edition Conformity Matrix
  • Perform a documented internal audit according to the requirements of API Spec Q1.
  • Perform a documented management review according to the requirements of API Spec Q1.

QMS Exclusions

API Spec Q1 limits the sections of the standard that are applicable for exclusion (refer to the API Q1 Specification). For eligibility of these exclusions, the Applicant or Licensed Organization shall provide a written justification for the exclusion(s) and identify the exclusion(s) in the Quality Manual.

The Applicant or Licensed Organization must ensure that appropriate controls are being maintained both in the outsourced organization’s management system and in their own management system for periodic verification of the controls being outsourced. With this, such activities are not eligible for exclusion.

Refer to API Advisory 6 - Design and Development Exclusion.

Design Packages

The Organization must develop and maintain a Design Package(s) to demonstrate compliance with design and development requirements. The API Monogram Licensing Program requires the selection of a design package for review during an audit. To determine what qualifies as a design package, please follow these guidelines:
  • Design: a detailed plan for a product(s).
  • Package: a collection of related items to be considered as or acted on together.

The Design Package therefore is a detailed plan for a product(s) which includes all the background documents, applicable API standards, and the instructions, procedures, specifications, drawings, routers, travelers, checklists, process sheets and changes to these documents necessary to produce the product(s) at the manufacturing location. Such documentation shall include, but not be limited to, design plans, input elements, output elements, evidence of review/verification and evidence of validation.

Since the purpose of the API Monogram Program is to consistently, objectively, and reliably identify organizations who are capable of producing products that comply with API specifications, the organization shall have a complete design package, as well as procedures that provide instructions and requirements on how to develop a design, unless eligible for design exclusion.

Product Specifications - Rights & Usage

The applicant is required to maintain at least one copy of the official, current edition of the English language version of the API Product Specification(s) under which it is seeking licensure. The product specification(s) must be the version of the document that is published by API, distributed by API or an authorized distributor. Translating API publications without express written prior permission from API is a copyright violation. If a translated version is not available through an authorized redistributor, contact API at certification@api.org. API will take the necessary actions to have the document translated.

Technical requirements identified in the current English language version of the document shall be the only acceptable manufacturing criteria to be used by the applicant.

Advisory #9: Recognition and Authority of Published Standards

Intellectual Property Rights and Usage Policy

Purchase API Standards & Software

API Advisories & Updates

The Monogram & APIQR Program regularly publishes important Program Advisories. These advisories are intended to notify applicants and licensed organizations of program policies that have industry-wide application. These advisories are part of the Program Requirements and compliance with them is compulsory. It is the responsibility of the applicant organization to periodically check the site to ensure that they remain in compliance with all of the advisories.
Addenda, Errata & API Notifications: API provides courtesy Addend and Errata documents for the API specifications that are part of the Monogram Program. You will also find copies of notifications concerning program and specification updates.

The API Monogram Mark

The API Monogram is an API registered certification mark. Through the API Monogram Program, licensed manufacturers are given the authority to apply the mark to equipment that meets API product specification requirements and has been manufactured within a quality management system that meets API Spec Q1.

The API Monogram mark on products is a warranty by API Monogram licensees that the marked products comply in every aspect with the applicable API product specification in effect at the time of manufacture. When the API Monogram is used on applicable product, it shall always be in conjunction with the license number and date of manufacture. Use of the Monogram and license number on conforming product provides traceability back to the original manufacturer of the product and the original design and manufacturing specifications.

The API Monogram Mark is a protected trademark that is authorized for use by API through legally enforceable program requirements via contract agreements with the Licensees. The mark can only be applied to new, conforming product, manufactured by the licensed organization at the licensed facility.

Learn more about the use of the Monogram mark:
API Monogram Licensing Program Requirements
API Monogram Program Alternative Marking of Products License Agreement

Important Resources

API Monogram Licensing Program Requirements
API Monogram Program Alternative Marking of Products License Agreement
Excel IconAPI Spec Q1, 9th Edition Conformity Matrix
Get a Quote
Purchase API Specs

API Quality Registrar Program (APIQR)

As an accredited Quality Registrar API can register your organization’s Management System (MS) to all of the following specifications.

API Spec Q1 - Quality Management for Manufacturing Organizations for the Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry
API Spec Q1 is a quality management standard for product manufacturers and is specifically geared toward the nuances of the oil and gas industry. API Spec Q1 meets all of the ISO 9001 requirements, plus additional elements deemed valuable by the oil and natural gas industry.

Registered API Spec Q1 companies demonstrate to their customers that they have the ability to consistently provide reliable products and manufacturing-related processes that meet customer and legal requirements.

API Spec Q2 - Quality Management for Service Supply Organizations for the Petroleum and Natural Gas Industries
API Spec Q2 is the first international quality management system (QMS) standard for service exploration and production service providers servicing the oil and gas industry. The industry-written specification applies to critical activities such as well construction, intervention, production, abandonment, well servicing, equipment repair and maintenance, and inspection activities.

Compliant registered organizations will have a QMS that controls all operational processes, provides consistent results, manages change effectively, continually improves, reduces operational downtime, and increases customer satisfaction.

ISO 9001 – Quality Management
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. That’s where the APIQR can help. APIQR can register your company to ISO 9001.

Registered Organizations of API Spec Q1 will – upon request - receive ISO 9001 registration with no application fee.

ISO 14001 – Environmental Management

A clean environment is important to everyone. And the oil and natural gas industry is doing its part to keep its impact on land, air, and water to a minimum. APIQR is pleased to offer environmental management system registration to ISO 14001. Our two-phased audit approach by experienced professionals provides an efficient and cost-effective vehicle for attaining this increasingly sought-after registration.

OHSAS 18001 - Occupational Health and Safety Management
People are your business’s most valuable assets, and assets must be protected. Through the effective implementation of an occupational health and safety management system, risks to your employees are identified and removed before any harm is felt. Your employees are safe and your business continues. API offers management system registration to the globally recognized standard for health and safety, OHSAS 18001.

Registration Requirements

Although the information on these webpages provides key elements from the APIQR Registration Program Requirements, the requirements document is your principal resource for what is required from Registered Organizations, as well as what you can expect from API. It is your guide to:

Part 1 – General Requirements: Find out how API conducts management system registrations and what is expected of both APIQR and the Applicant.

Part 2 – Use and Misuse of the APIQR and ANAB Registration Marks: A description of how the Marks are to be used.

Part 3 – Registration Process: A step-by-step guide on how to become a Registered Organization.

Part 4 – Registration Agreement: Detailed information on the rules governing the APIQR Registration Program.

Part 5 – Applicant Submittal Checklist: A simple form to help you complete the application process.

Part 6 – Fee Schedule: The types of fees, the costs involved, and how to submit payment.


Before submitting your application, make sure your organization answers YES to all of the following questions:
  • Have you implemented and maintained a management system that meets the applicable requirements for least four months?
  • Has a full system internal audit been performed within the last 12 months?
  • Has a management review of the MS in which the applicant is seeking registration been conducted and documented?
  • Have you identified and provided justification for any MS exclusions?
  • Do you own an authorized copy of the most current edition of the Management System(s) for which you are applying registration?

Initial Registration: Issuance of the registration(s) is dependent upon a successful evaluation of the Organization’s management system and applicable requirements. After determining that the Applicant has met all the requirements for registration, APIQR shall issue the Certificate of Registration to the Applicant Organization. The Organization’s name shall be entered into APIQR’s list of Registered Organizations in the API Composite List.

Audits

Initial Audits: An initial full-system audit shall be performed which consists of an in-depth review of the Applicant Organization’s procedures for conformance to the applicable MS standard and demonstrated implementation of these documented procedures.

Annual Audits: Audits are required each subsequent calendar year, culminating in a Recertification audit every third year.

Audits will be scheduled at a time mutually convenient to the Organization and the designated API auditor, within the time frames specified in the MS Requirements, and will be at the Organization’s expense. Organizations will be given the audit team leader’s name and all other pertinent information regarding preparation for the on-site audit.

At the conclusion of each audit, the auditor shall present an audit report on the MS to the Applicant/Registered Organization’s management. The areas of nonconformance found during the performance of the audit shall be identified within the report. The Applicant Organization shall be given an opportunity to question the team on any nonconformance cited.

Audit Reviews: During the audit review process, your organization shall provide a correction, root cause analysis and corrective actions for any nonconformity identified during the audit. All responses to nonconformances need to be submitted in myCerts.  The API staff decision to issue a registration is based upon objective evidence obtained during the audit that verifies conformance with the applicable Management System(s) requirements. All the audit records and the actions taken as a result of nonconformities are maintained in myCerts.


Learn more about API Audits.

API Advisories & Updates

API regularly publishes important Program Advisories. These advisories are intended to notify applicants and licensed organizations of program policies that have industry-wide application. These advisories are part of the Program Requirements and compliance with them is compulsory. It is the responsibility of the applicant organization to periodically check the site to ensure that they remain in compliance with all of the advisories.

API also provides copies of other customer notifications regarding program updates.

Use of APIQR & ANAB Registration Marks

Upon registration, and as long as the registered Organization continues to operate in conformance to its registered management system, the registered Organization is entitled to use the APIQR and ANAB Marks and/or the API Spec Q1 Registration Mark. Camera-ready artwork of the Mark in various sizes is available to Registered Organizations.

The ANAB Mark may only be used by organizations with accredited ISO 9001 and/or ISO 14001 registration(s).

Read the entire policy: Use and Misuse of the APIQR and ANAB Registration Marks.

APIQR Accreditation

The American Petroleum Institute Quality Registrar (APIQR) is accredited by ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. APIQR is responsible to ensure that the functioning of the registrar continuously meets ANAB Criteria for Accreditation and other ANAB documented requirements, and that it complies with all of the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 program requirements.

Important Resources

APIQR Registration Program Requirements
Get a Quote
Purchase API Specs
Conformity Matrix

API Monogram / APIQR Ethics and Impartiality

API is committed to maintaining the highest level of confidence in its certification activities (Management System Registrations and Monogram Licensing) 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.

Provided here are copies of the Code of Conduct documents and Impartiality Statement, as well as ways of contacting API concerning violations or complaints.


Advisory 7: Code of Conduct for API Monogram Licensees, API Certified Organizations and Program Applicants

(Mandarin 中文)


API Auditor Code of Ethics

(Mandarin 中文)


API Monogram & Quality Registrar Impartiality Statement


Report a Nonconforming API Monogrammed Product


Contact / Appeals & Complaints

The API Monogram Web Store

As an internationally recognized API Monogram Licensee holder, you understand the importance of quality. This means having systems and processes in place which are designed to facilitate the consistent manufacturing of product that conforms to API standards.

In order to maintain compliance with the program, all API Monogram Licensees must implement, maintain, and continually improve their management systems. It is therefore critical to maintain access to the latest official API standards and specifications relating to your product, and ensure that you have an effective system in place to manage access and updates to API standards throughout your organization.

The easiest and most effective way to meet these requirements, as well as to improve your current management system(s), is to implement an API online standards subscription through API Compass.

Why API Compass?

One platform. All of your content.

With an API Monogram Subscription (see screenshot below) you gain organization-wide, 24/7 access to all of the standards you need for compliance with the API Monogram program. Consistent and up-to-date access to the latest API standards helps you to obtain cost savings, interoperability and safety.

API Monogram Web Store screenshot

The API Compass platform means no more tracking and monitoring. One purchase guarantees you always have the most up to date standards plus powerful workflow tools to:

  • Add custom notes to document your institutional knowledge
  • Bookmark heavily used standards
  • Access both the PDF and HTML* versions of standards
  • See changes to API standards via color coding highlights
  • And much, much more

You're too busy to keep manually checking for updates, sifting through paper references, or comparing standards. Let our subscription services help out. API Compass puts the information you need at your fingertips, when you need it. Visit the API Monogram Web Store and find out how easy it is to create a customized plan to help reduce risk and save your organization time and money.

* Some API standards may not be available in HTML