Category Archives: Auditing

API 6A Monogram Restricts Remanufactured Equipment

Inquiry:  My question is regarding application of the API monogram. Our company is an API 6A licensee. We manufacture valves and other related equipment at our facilities here in the USA and overseas.  During a recent re-certification audit, the Auditor … Continue reading

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Certified Enterprise Risk Manager

A firm working knowledge of risk management has become an essential part of being an effective Auditor. Unfortunately, those that don’t ungraded their skills in this area will begin to find themselves at a disadvantage when compared to other fellow … Continue reading

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ISO 9001:2008 vs. 2015, Receiving Insp.

Question: Referring to ISO 9001:2008 clause 7.4.3, Verification of Purchased Product; since we are only a trading company that recieves a limited amount of purchased items at our site, please advise if this requirement is applicable to our organization. Thank … Continue reading

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Tools for Auditing ISO 9001: 2015, Risk Based Thinking

Inquiry: Question received via ASQ’s Ask the Experts Blog, Published 10/21/2015 In addressing clause 4 of ISO 9001:2015 regarding organization context and interested parties, what type of tool (spreadsheet,diagram,flowchart,etc), would you recommend to use to simplify the practice and to … Continue reading

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API Q2 Risk Assessment, Contingency Planning & MOC

Inquiry: Where can examples of how to implement API Q2 requirements for risk assessments, contingency planning and management of change be found? Suggestions are appreciated. Maxwell Reply: Hello Maxwell, ISO 31000 can provide some general guidance regarding  risk management terminologies … Continue reading

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API Q1, Risk Management, Contingency Planning & MOC

In the event of changes that affect the QMS or organizational structure, does API Q1 require a corrective/preventive action to be initiated to document the MOC action? Inquiry: Hi Bill, Firstly, going through the different queries on this site has … Continue reading

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ISO 9001 Audit Deferral – Force Majeure Event

Can An Audit Be Deferred Due To A Force Majeure Event? The following inquiry was received from ASQ Ask the Experts on Apr. 10, 2015: If a Force Majeure event (major storm, flood or other natural event) effects the company … Continue reading

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API Q1 Risk Assessment Conformance

QUESTION: From: Fayyaz Ahmed Sent: Feb. 10, 2015 To: Q-Blog, Ask the Experts Subject: API Q1, clause 5.3, Risk Assessment and Management Fayyez Ahmed asks the following about API Q1: An organization started its transition from API Q1 8th to … Continue reading

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API Q1, Documentation Requirements

QUESTION: From: Jamil K. Sent: Dec. 11, 2014 To: Q-Blog, Ask the Experts Subject: API Q1, clause 4.4.1, sub. e., Documentation Requirements – General Jamil K. asks the following about APIQ1: API Q1, 9th Edition, requires an organization to identify … Continue reading

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API Q1, Risk Assessment Requirement

QUESTION: From: Yusri Sent: Aug. 12, 2014 To: Q-Blog, Ask the Experts Subject: API Q1, clause 5.3, Risk Assessment Requirements Yusri asks the following questions about API Q1: API Q1, requires the organization to maintain a documented procedure for risk … Continue reading

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API Q1, 9th edition – Risks, Contingency Plans and MOC

QUESTION: From: Darcy K. Sent: May 10, 2014 To: ATCS – QBlog, Ask The Experts Subject: API Q1, 9th edition, Risks, Contingency Plans and MOC In regard to MOC Process, in your opinion, would it be effective to tie this … Continue reading

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API Q1, 9th Edition – Critical Supplier

QUESTION: From: Joe St. J., Sent: May 1, 2014 To: ATCS – QBlog, Ask The Experts Subject: API Q1, 9th Edition, Critical Suppliers Joe St. J, asks the following about APIQ1: Hello, Our company remains in the process of transitioning … Continue reading

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