In this Industry Insight series, Bud Weightman discusses his recent attendance at the American Petroleum Institute’s 2021 Winter Standardization Conference, held virtually on January 21st, 2021. Bud’s primary focus was on subcommittee updates and news from the API Monogram Program:

To view all API Standardization Conference updates, visit the API Insider page.

Remote Audits

Overview

  • API has performed more than 900 remote audits due to COVID-19
  • Onsite audits are preferred
  • Audits eligible for remote audit include Initial, Surveillance and Renewal/Recertification
  • Programs eligible for remote audits include Monogram, Spec Q1, Spec Q2 and ISO 9001
  • Remote audit eligibility to be extended to June 2021

Eligibility

  • Be operational while maintaining the capability to execute the activities within the scope of their Monogram License(s) and/or Certificate(s) of Registration
  • Have personnel subject to interviews onsite to facilitate connectivity and access to documents and records
  • Provide live streaming for product realization activities
  • Ensure that all employees, contractors and consultants who would be present during the audit have consented to participation in the video conference
  • Have capability to facilitate web conferencing technology such as Skype, Microsoft Teams, Zoom Meetings, GoTo Meeting, etc.

COVID-19 Related Updates

  • Facilities unable to undergo an audit will be put in Inactive status
  • Duration increased up to 12 months
  • ISO certifications can only be extended if the recertification audit has been conducted

Annex A Update

A decision has been made to remove Annex A, API Monogram Program, Use of the API Monogram by Licensees out of all API Monogram Program Product Specifications.  Annex A will only be included in API Spec Q1.

Update on API Advisories

Advisory 3

Advisory 3 was updated to reflect clarifications related to licensee’s consultants and their interactions with the API.

Advisory 6

Advisory 6 has been revised, several products have been removed.  Effective July 1, 2021, several products will require design:

API Spec

Product

5B

All Products

7-1

Roller Bits

7-1

Blade Drag Bits

7-1

Diamond Bits

7-1

PDC Bits

7-2

All Products

11B

Thread Gages

 

Advisory 12

Advisory 12 relates to the outsourcing of single-piece products; it is currently being finalized.  See QSI’s API Winter Standardization Conference 2019, “Product Specification Changes”.  This provides a high-level review of the issues causing concerns in the industry.

 

API Licensing and Certification Activities

Here are some interesting statistics:

Top Specifications and Licenses

Monogram

APIQR

Spec 5CT

Specification for Casing and Tubing

Spec. Q1

Spec 6A

Specification for Wellhead and Tree Equipment

Spec. Q2

Spec 6D

Specification for Pipeline and Piping Valves

9001:2015

Spec 7-1

Specification for Rotary Drill Stem Elements

ISO 14001

Spec 5L

Specification for Line Pipe

OHSAS 18001:2007

 

Monogram Program Licenses

Top Specs.

Top Countries by %

5CT

814

China

33

6A

748

US

19

6D

647

India

4

7-1

626

UAE

4

5L

462

Italy

3

7K

198

Canada

3

16A

188

 

 

16C

179

 

 

4F

118

 

 

 

Management System Standard

Active Certificates

Spec. Q1

1748

Spec. Q2

1115

9001:2015

148

Total

3011

 

Republished Past Articles

Citing of API Documents in Federal, State and International Regulations

The API reported that API documents have been cited in 4,785 federal, state and international regulations. 

What impact could this have on your quality management system?

An association could easily be drawn between the quality management system and:

  • The identification and evaluation of statutory and/or regulatory documents as specified by Q1, section 4.4.4 Use of External Documents in Product Realization
  • Whether or not statutory and regulatory requirements have been considered in processes such as design input, product realization and purchasing

Linkage to Q1

Q1 Section

Wording

3.1.13

legal requirement

…statutory or regulatory

3.1.5

compliance

…regulation or regulatory body

3.1.9

design validation

…regulatory requirements

3.1.14

Management

…legal

4.1.5 Communication

4.1.5.1 Internal

…legal

4.4 Documentation Requirements

4.4.1 General

…legal

4.5 Control of Records

…legal

5 Product Realization

5.1.2 Determination of Requirements

…legal

5.2 Planning

…legal

5.4.2 Design and Development Planning

…legal

5.6.1.2 Initial Supplier Evaluation—Critical Purchases

…legal

6.5 Management Review

6.5.2 Input requirements

…legal

 

Next API Standardization Conference

The 2021 Summer Exploration and Production Standards Conference on Oilfield Equipment and Materials is scheduled for June 07, 2021 to June 11, 2021.

When the time nears, check the API Events Calendar for more information and the selected venue.

QSI offers a proven path to certification, backed by numerous years of industry experience. Whether your quality management system is in need of major or minor changes, our approach helps to foster quality commitment within your organization from the top down.

With QSI, your path to certification and compliance comes with various levels of technical assistance and support. Our consulting services include:

  • Cost efficient implementation and a dedicated consultant to track your certification timeline.
  • Customized development of manuals, procedures, work instructions, job descriptions, etc.
  • Access to your online, web-based QMS portal that houses all your documentation and integrates all your management system standards in a secure location.
  • Internal audit and management reviews.
  • Observations during your certification audit to provide additional guidance.

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