ISO 9001, ISO TS29001 and ISO TS2900/APIQ1 QM Systems

Knowing and understanding the fundamental requirements of quality management systems used by an organization, or being considered by an organization, can improve the opportunities for success, minimize useless costs, and mitigate confusion or misunderstanding.

Let’s discuss ISO 9001, TS 29001 and API Q1.  Although these QMS standards are interrelated, there are key differences that should be understood for their successful implementation.

ISO 9001:2008:  This is a generic QMS that can be implemented by any organization of any size that provides a service or product.  This standard is not product, source or industry specific.

ISO TS29001:2010:  This QMS is based upon the requirements of ISO 9001.  However, this standard includes the addition of numerous “supplemental requirements”.  These supplemental requirements identify and enhance requirements for documented procedure control features and records of conformity.  This standard is specific to suppliers of equipment, materials and services for the oil and gas industry.

ISO TS29001:2007/APIQ12008 (Addendum 1, 2010):  This standard is identical to ISO TS29001:2010.  However, it includes specific requirements for applying the API monogram to product or equipment.  This is an essential standard for API Q1 certification and API product specification licensing.  It is important to note that ISO TS 29001 does not include API monogram requirements.

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