API Specification Q1 Audits

With thousands of certificate holders across the globe, API Q1 is the American Petroleum Institute’s flagship certification. Audits against API Q1 focus on “Quality”, auditing every requirement of this specification against the organization’s Quality Management System.

Auditors with knowledge of API Q1 are not as prevalent as those auditing ISO 9001, and competency is usually achieved through working knowledge of the standard. Mireaux’s Auditors qualified to audit against API Q1 have extensive expertise to provide thorough and valuable audits, typically using a checklist similar to the API checklist to better prepare an organization for the actual API Audits.

Contact Mireaux at 713-589-4680 and let’s discuss how Mireaux can help you perform your next API Q1 audit.

Training Offerings

The 2.5-day API Q1 Fundamentals provides a good understanding of API Q1 and its application. From documentation requirements, to risk assessment, and preventive maintenance, amongst other required topics, this course ensures that you have all the tools needed to implement a sound Quality Management System that complies with all requirements of API Q1. Learn more about this course.

If you’re looking for the 3.5-Day API Q1 Practitioner course, click here.



Venue Phone: 7135894680

Venue Website:

12802 Willow Centre Dr., Houston, Texas, 77066, United States

  • May
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • 11 - 13
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • May 11 - May 13
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • 2021
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • May 11, 2021 - May 13, 2021
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm

The 3.5-day API Q1 Practitioner builds upon the 2.5-day API Fundamentals, with the addition of 1 day where the class dives deeper into the valuable concepts of risk assessment, management of change, contingency planning, and hands-on creation of a quality plan. Learn more about this course.

If you’re looking for the 2.5-Day Fundamentals course, click here.



Venue Phone: 7135894680

Venue Website:

12802 Willow Centre Dr., Houston, Texas, 77066, United States

  • May
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • 11 - 14
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • May 11 - May 14
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • 2021
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • May 11, 2021 - May 14, 2021
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Consulting Capabilities

Mireaux’s Consulting services involve full turnkey assistance in the development and implementation of management systems that conform to the desired ISO, or API standards.

Standards Include:

Web QMS Software

Cloud-base, secure and powerful, our Web QMS software helps you achieve, maintain, and improve your API Specification Q1 certification, allowing your employees full access and visibility to your management system – anytime, anywhere.

  • Approved Supplier List -> Supplier Corrective Actions
  • Asset Register
  • Behavioral Base Safety (BBS)
  • Business Continuity Plan (BCP)
  • Calibration -> Out-of-Tolerance Conditions
  • Communication Plan
  • Conformity Matrix
  • Contingency Planning
  • Corrective Action
  • Critical Processes
  • Critical Services and SRP
  • Customer Complaints
  • Customer Property
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • E-Learning
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Employee Certifications
  • Employee Handbook
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • External Audits -> External Audit Findings
  • External Documents
  • Glossary
  • HSE Manual
  • HSE Policy
  • Information Security Incidents
  • Internal Audits -> Internal Audit Findings
  • Inventory Control
  • ISMS Manual
  • ISMS Policy
  • Job Descriptions
  • Job Safety Analysis (JSA)
  • Lessons Learned
  • List of Legal Requirements
  • Main Process Map
  • Management of Change (MOC)
  • Management Reviews -> Management Review Action Items
  • Monitoring and Measuring
  • Nonconformance Report (NCR)
  • Objectives
  • Organizational Charts
  • Preventive Action
  • Procedures, Work Instructions & Forms
  • Product Quality Plans
  • Quality Manual
  • Quality Policy
  • Records Retention
  • Risk Assessment -> Significant Risks
  • Safety Incidents
  • Service Quality Plan
  • Short Service Employee (SSE)
  • Special Interest Groups
  • Statement of Applicability
  • Training Events
  • Training Plan

Frequently Asked Questions

In general, the following documented information is requested during any API Q1 Audit, whether is an internal auditgap analysis, or similar audit.

  • Quality Manual
  • Quality Policy
  • Quality Objectives
  • All procedures required
  • Risk Assessment records
  • Contingency Plans
  • Critical and Non-Critical Supplier records
  • Preventive Maintenance and Calibration records
  • Internal Audit report/evidence
  • Management Review inputs and outputs
  • Competence and Training records
  • Other records required by the standard
  • Etc.

Depending on the Audit Type as well as the organization’s product or services, audits to the API Q1 standard, focus on the following areas:

  • Top Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Document Control
  • Contract Review/Sales
  • Operations
  • Engineering
  • Purchasing
  • HR and Training

While API Q1 originally derived from ISO 9001, currently they are not perfectly aligned, however one could say that API Q1 has higher and more specific requirements than ISO 9001. On the contrary, the latest version of ISO 9001 does have a few requirements not part of API Q1, and therefore with minor additions, both standards can be combined to become an Integrated Audit.

Mireaux Auditors have conducted numerous audits for organizations certified to both API Q1 and ISO 9001 and are well equipped to do this, with minor modifications to the audit time.

Mireaux will help find your customized solution!