API Monogram Program & APIQR
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What does the API Monogram Mean to the Oil and Gas Industry?
What is the API Monogram Program?
The API Monogram Program is a voluntary licensing program designed to facilitate the consistent manufacturing of product that conforms to API standards. The program requires that manufacturers maintain the capabilities, including the resources, processes and technology, to manufacture products that fall within the scope of licensing. The program gives licensed manufacturers an opportunity to mark conforming product so that it is easily recognizable and identifiable in the field. The Licensee must implement, maintain and continually improve their quality management system to meet the oil and gas industry’s quality management system specification, API Spec Q1. The API Monogram Licenses are only issued after an on-site audit has verified that the facility meets the program requirements. Licensees are required to maintain continued management system conformity to API Spec Q1 as well as the product standard and program requirements. In order for a license to remain active, the licensee must go through a renewal audit after each 3 year period. All licensees, licensing information and licensing statuses are identified on the API Composite List, an on-line directory. The program requirements and obligations, including use of the mark, reporting on nonconforming equipment, QMS conformity with API Spec Q1, and product conformity with the specification, are enforced through a legally binding agreement between API and the Licensee.
What is 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.
API has established specific requirements for control and use of the mark. Licensees are required to document, implement and maintain Monogram Mark controls based on the requirements. The rights and authorities to use the mark are facility and location specific and can only be applied to new products in conjunction with the facility’s license number and the 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.
What does the API Monogram mean?
The use of the API Monogram on product constitutes a representation and warranty by the licensed manufacturer that, on the date of manufacture, the product conforms to all applicable, current editions of specifications, standards and requirements of 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
- 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 product(s)
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