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Global Standards

Standards and technical regulations drive economic growth, global trade and technological developments that enhance environmental, health, safety, and sustainability performance. API is a global leader in convening subject matter experts across all natural gas and oil segments to develop, maintain, and distribute consensus standards. API standards adhere to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)   accredited process, ensuring that they are recognized not only for their technical rigor, but also their third-party accreditation.

API standards have been referenced more than 1,100 times in international laws, regulations, national standards, technical guidance and operational manuals by national standards bodies and international regulators. This global use and adoption of API standards demonstrates the extent regulators and companies rely on API to enhance environmental, health, safety and worker performance. As the global marketplace for natural gas and oil products and services continues to grow, there are opportunities for the industry to collaborate with global companies, standards development organizations, and government agencies to further harmonize standards and technical regulations through technical cooperation and the adoption of API standards and industry best practices.

More information on international standards usage can be found in the API International Standards Report.

Organizations Involved

ABENDI – Brazilian Association of Non-Destructive Testing and Inspection

ABNT – Brazilian Association of Technical Standards

AEC - African Energy Chamber

AMEXHI - Mexican Association of Hydrocarbons

ARPEL - Regional Association of Oil, Gas, and Renewable Energy Companies of Latin America and the Caribbean

CLBD – Guyanese Centre for Local Business Development

CPSC - China Petroleum Standardization Committee

CPSI- Standardization Institute of Chinese Petroleum Society

ESMA – Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology

GNBS - Guyana National Bureau of Standards

GSO – GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) Standardization Organization

INMETRO – Brazilian National Institute of Metrology, Standardization, and Industrial Quality

INTI – Argentine National Industrial Technology Institute

IOGP - International Association of Oil & Gas Producers


MoIAT - Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology

SASO – Saudi Arabian Standards Organization

SIS - Shanghai Institute of Standardization

SOCAR – The State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan

State Enterprise “Ukrainian Scientific Center for Standardization, Certification and Quality Problems” (SE “UkrNDNC”)

Cooperation Around the World

API, AMEXHI and IOGP Renew Memorandum of Understanding to Strengthen Collaboration in Gulf of Mexico

December 20, 2022 -he American Petroleum Institute (API), the Asociación Mexicana de Empresas de Hidrocarburos (AMEXHI) and the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) have renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) strengthening mutual cooperation to help enhance operational performance across North American natural gas and oil operations.

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API Signs New Agreement to Support Critical Energy Sector in Ukraine

December 13, 2022 -The American Petroleum Institute and the State Enterprise “Ukrainian Scientific Center for Standardization, Certification and Quality Problems” (SE “UkrNDNC”) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote the adoption of API natural gas and oil standards and closer cooperation across a range of training and safety activities.

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API Signs MOU with Guyana National Standards Agency to Advance Best-in-Class Industry Practices

August 13, 2021 - Today, the American Petroleum Institute (API) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS), which provides Guyana’s primary standards setting agency access to API oil and gas standards and increases collaboration on safety guidelines and requirements for the country’s growing energy industry.

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API's First Agreement With African Partner Extends Safety, Protection Programs To Continent

April 5, 2021 - API took an important step to extending its safety and environmental protection programs to the continent of Africa, signing a new collaborative agreement with the business group African Energy Chamber (AEC), to expand use of API world-class standards, certifications and training programs.

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API And African Energy Chamber Sign First MOU To Expand Natural Gas And Oil Industry Standards And Initiatives

March 31, 2021 - The American Petroleum Institute (API) and the African Energy Chamber (AEC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on capacity building initiatives and standardization to enhance safety, environmental protection and sustainability in African countries producing natural gas and oil.

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API Signs MOU To Advance Oil And Natural Gas Industry Standards In Guyana

March 15, 2021 - The American Petroleum Institute (API) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Centre for Local Business Development (the Centre), Guyana’s premier organization for oil and natural gas information, training and policy advocacy. The MOU establishes a framework for collaboration and using API’s best-in-class programs to enhance health, safety, security and environmental protection in Guyana’s energy sector.

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API Signs First MOU With Azerbaijan’s National Oil Company

January 14, 2021 – The American Petroleum Institute (API) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR), Azerbaijan’s national oil company, to collaborate on industry standards with the goal of enhancing safety, environmental protection and sustainability across the industry.

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