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API Q1 Standard - Petroleum and Natural Gas
API Spec Q1, 10th Edition, is a quality management system standard specific to the oil and gas industry. Developed by the American Petroleum Institute (API), it outlines the requirements for organizations involved in the design, manufacturing, and servicing of products used in the petroleum and natural gas industries.

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key principles of API Q1

  • Quality Management System: Organizations are required to establish and implement a robust quality management system that adheres to the principles of ISO 9001 but includes additional industry-specific requirements.
  • Risk Management: The standard emphasizes the importance of identifying and addressing risks associated with product quality and safety, as well as the potential impact on the industry.
  • Product Design and Development: Organizations involved in product design must follow a systematic approach to ensure the product meets customer requirements and industry standards.
  • Control of Documents and Records: Procedures must be in place to manage and control all documents and records related to product design, manufacturing, and servicing.
  • Training and Competency: Employees are required to have appropriate training and competency to carry out their roles effectively.
  • Customer Satisfaction: Organizations must actively monitor customer satisfaction and address customer feedback to improve their products and services continually.
  • This standard is a critical standard for companies operating in the oil and gas industry, as it provides a framework for ensuring the quality and reliability of products used in this sector. 
  • By adhering to this standard, organizations can enhance their competitiveness, demonstrate their commitment to quality, and meet the requirements of customers and regulators in the oil and gas industry.
  • Learn More about the American Petroleum Institute here.

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