April 29, 2018

ISO/TS 29001 or API Spec Q1

ISO/TS 29001 defines the quality management system requirements for the design, development, introduction, installation and service of products for the petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries, which is developed as a direct result of partnership between ISO and the international oil and gas industry (led by the American Petroleum Institute), ISO 29001 specifically focuses on the oil and gas supply chain.

This standard is based on ISO 9001 and incorporates supplementary requirements emphasizing defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste from service providers.

ISO 9001 requires the “objectivity and impartiality of the audit process”, ISO/TS 29001 also requires the same objectivity plus “independence” with regard to both design reviews and final acceptance of product. These requirements are key to ensuring additional safeguards for purchased products and services.

The requirements have been developed separately to ensure that they are clear and auditable. They also provide global consistency and improved assurance in the supply quality of goods and services from providers. This is particularly important when the failure of goods or services have severe ramifications for the companies and industries involved.

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