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How do I apply for an API Monogram License?

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Prior to applying, you must first:
1) Implement a quality management system compliant with API Spec Q1
2) Describe the quality management system in a quality manual. The quality manual must
recognize each requirement of API Spec Q1
3) Maintain the technical capability to manufacture products compliant with the applicable API
product specification
4) Complete and sign the API Spec Q1 9th Edition Conformity Matrix
5) Perform a documented internal audit according to the requirements of API Spec Q1
6) Perform a documented management review according to the requirements of API Spec Q1
7) Confirm a quality management system has been operational for at least four (4) months
Submit an online application through myCerts. For guidance using the site, refer to the
myCerts User Guide for Applicants
Will API Certification Programs use local auditors?-
API will use local auditors whenever possible. At present, API auditors are based in more than 30
countries. Please note that factors such as auditor availability, conflict of interest concerns, and
APIs policy that an organization should not be audited by the same auditor for more than one
certification cycle may direct API to use non-local auditors.

Worldwide \ Local
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Bucharest 5
Romania

Doina Ionita
Tel: [40] 21 423 01 08
doina.ionita@intertek.com

Ovidiu Ungureanu
Tel: [49] 2166 6007 69
ovidiu.ungureanu@intertek.com

Our organization is ISO 9001 certified. How close are we to meeting the API
Monogram Program application requirements?-
Probably very close. ISO 9001 certification means that you meet approximately 85% of API Spec
Q1. So, you must add these additional API Spec Q1-specific requirements to your quality manual
and quality management system to bring you into conformance. These additional API Spec Q1
requirements are outlined in the API Spec Q1 9th Edition Conformity Matrix. Next, ensure that
you have the technical capability to meet the applicable API product specification(s) requirements
and possess a design package, if required. At that point, you should be ready to apply.

What are the English language requirements? Will the audit be in English?-
The online application, management system manual and conformity matrix documentation must
be provided in English. Procedures and other documents may be in the language of your choice. In
most cases, the audit will be performed in the local language.

We do not develop the design. We purchase the design or our client provides the
design or we take the design entirely from an API specification. As a non-
designer, can we still apply?-
Yes, you may apply, but you must still address how you will receive, review, identify, and transfer
key aspects of the design package into shop routers/checklists, prepare for the possibility of design
changes, and finally ensure the design resulted in a product compliant with the applicable API
product specification. API will review these control features that ultimately make up the design
package.
In some cases, due to the nature of the products and specifications, API allows an applicant to
exclude design and development activities in its quality management system. Casing, tubing, pipe
and plate manufacturers, threaders, drilling mud producers, testing agencies, and gage
manufacturers that follow the API specification with no deviation, may apply to exclude design
development and control. Applicants manufacturing products to one of the other API
specifications must be prepared to show the API auditor their design documents.

Certification Process
Request a quotation at Get A Quote. If you have questions, contact one of our Worldwide
Representatives.
Organizations applying for licensing under the API Monogram Program must develop and
maintain a quality manual that describes their quality management system and how it conforms to
the requirements of API Spec Q1 and complete the API Spec Q1 9th Edition Conformity Matrix.
Organizations participating in the API Monogram Program must also demonstrate continued
ability to meet the technical requirements identified in the applicable API product specification(s).
Organizations applying only for ISO 9001 Registration must have a quality manual and quality
management system that conforms with the ISO 9001 standard.
Companies applying for API Spec Q1 Registration must have a quality manual and quality
management system in conformance with API Spec Q1 and complete the API Spec Q1 9th Edition
Conformity Matrix.
Companies applying for API Spec Q2 Registration must have a quality manual and quality
management system in conformance with API Spec Q2 and complete the API Spec Q2 1st Edition
Conformity Matrix.
Companies applying for ISO 14001 Registration are not required to develop or maintain a manual
but must have an environmental management system that conforms with the ISO 14001 standard.
Companies applying for OHSAS 18001 Registration are not required to develop or maintain a
manual but must have an OHS management system that conforms with the OHSAS 18001
standard.
Prior to application, organizations must have a quality management system in place for at least
four months. This includes performing and documenting an internal audit and management review
in accordance with the applicable standard.
At this point, organizations can apply online through myCerts. The online application requires
document uploads, including, where applicable, the quality manual and the API Conformity
Matrix for API Spec Q1 and/or API Spec Q2. Payment is required at the time of application. All
documentation must be provided in English.
API will review the application and the uploaded documents for conformance with program
requirements and applicability of desired scope of certification.
For those applying for an API Monogram license, once the application has been accepted, API
will schedule an on-site audit. Audits include verifying the organizations conformance with API
Spec Q1 and any applicable API product specification. The audit costs are at the organization's
expense.
Those applying for certification to ISO 9001, API Spec Q1, API Spec Q2, ISO 14001 and/or
OHSAS 18001 may undergo a Stage 1 audit, once the application is accepted. Stage 1 audits are
normally performed on-site and require organizations to provide the auditor with documents for
review. These documents may include procedures, control features, internal audit reports,
management review records, staff responsibilities and facility layout. Once the Stage 1 audit has
been successfully completed, API and the assigned auditor will schedule a Stage 2 audit. These
audit costs are at the organization's expense.
Stage 2 audits are performed on-site and include verifying the organizations conformance with
API Spec Q1, API Spec Q2, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. Stage 2 audits must be
completed within 6 months of the Stage 1 audit.
Facilities have a one year deadline from the date of application to undergo their Monogram or
Stage 2 audit.
API will make the certification decision on the basis of an evaluation of the audit findings and
conclusions, and evidence of effective implementation of corrective actions by the organization (if
required). A re-audit may be required based on this evaluation before granting licensing or quality
registration.
Organizations licensed under the API Monogram Program will have audits scheduled every three
years to ensure continued conformance with the applicable program requirements.
Organizations registered under API Spec Q1, API Spec Q2, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS
18001 will have a full system audit every year to ensure continued conformance with the
applicable program requirements.
Complaints
API appreciates customer feedback, including complaints. We consider complaints as one way to
improve our processes. Complaints against API or its clients may be transmitted to any API
employee by letter, email, fax, phone or in person. API personnel will attempt to resolve the issue
upon receipt. If the complaint requires further investigation, API will initiate its corrective action
process to address the complaint.