API stands for the “American Petroleum Institute.”
API Q1 is the specification that establishes Quality Management System requirements for organizations that manufacture products for the Oil and Gas industry.
API Q2 is the specification that establishes Quality Management System requirements for organizations that supply services for the Oil and Gas industry.
Global demands of reliability and an increasingly competitive business environment in the Oil and Gas industry have created new measures by which organizations must demonstrate their abilities. By becoming API certified, you’re proving that your company operates to a very high standard of quality and reliability, thus putting your company in the forefront as an ideal choice for customers.
The API Spec Q1 9th Edition has made large strides to deviate from the API Spec Q1 8th Edition. The API Spec Q1 9th Edition goes more into detail about every requirement, raising the bar and leaving no room to comply with just the “minimum.” Most importantly, the 9th Edition has introduced the new requirements of Risk Assessment, Contingency Planning and Management of Change, thus making Q1 more preventive and proactive in nature.
API Q1 and Q2 are very detailed specifications compared to the ISO 9001 Standard. Both Q1 and Q2 have many additional requirements.
No, there is no such prerequisite, although having the ISO 9001 certification may help as this will mean that you have documented and implemented some of the API requirements.
Yes, you can get certified to API as long as you are a supplier of Oil and Gas or you intend to sell products in the Oil and Gas industry.
This depends largely on the size of the organization, but it typically takes between 6 to 12 months to get certified.