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Trade Associations: American Petroleum Institute


Primary Contact

David Miller
Director, Standards
1220 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202.682.8000
Fax: 202.962.4797 Website:

Organizational Overview

API is the only national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Our 400 corporate members, from the largest major oil company to the smallest of independents, come from all segments of the industry. They are producers, refiners, suppliers, pipeline operators and marine transporters, as well as service and supply companies that support all segments of the industry.

We speak for the petroleum industry to the public, Congress and the Executive Branch, state governments and the media. We negotiate with regulatory agencies, represent the industry in legal proceedings, participate in coalitions and work in partnership with other associations to achieve our members’ public policy goals.

Scope of Membership Activity

API's members are involved in the Institute's through a variety of mechanisms, most commonly on API's committees. API has three main standards committees with a subordinate committee structure that ensures API standards maintain technical relevance.

Scope of Services

For more than 75 years, API has led the development of petroleum and petrochemical equipment and operating standards. These represent the industry’s collective wisdom on everything from drill bits to environmental protection and embrace proven, sound engineering and operating practices and safe, interchangeable equipment and materials. API maintains more than 500 standards and recommended practices. Many have been incorporated into state and federal regulations; and increasingly, they’re also being adopted by the International Organization for Standardization, a global federation of more than 100 standards groups.

Each day, the oil and natural gas industry depends on equipment to produce, refine and distribute its products. The equipment used is some of the most technologically advanced available in the search for oil and gas and allows the industry to operate in an environmentally safe manner. Designed for manufacturers of production, drilling, and refinery equipment, the API Monogram Program verifies that manufacturers are operating in compliance with industry standards. API also provides quality, environmental, and occupational health and safety management systems certification through APIQR. This service is accredited by the ANAB (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board) for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. API's Individual Certification Program ensures that industry inspectors are certified to inspect refinery pressure vessels, tanks, and piping in accordance with API's inspection codes and standards.

API University provides instructor-led and internet based training for industry around the world.

Specific industry Information

API’s target industries include the Petroleum and Natural Gas sectors.

Standards-related Information

API's standards are used worldwide and cover all aspects of the oil and natural gas industry. A complete listing may be found at

Conformity Assessment-Related Information

API's Monogram Certification program is used not only in the U.S. but also worldwide to ensure the availability of manufactured product and material built to API standards. API's Engine Oil Licensing Systems verfies that engine oil meets API standards for durability and engine protection. API also offers ISO 9000 and 14000 certification.

Technical Regulations-related Information

The relevant regulatory agencies with jurisdiction over API’s industry sector include:

  • Minerals Management Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA)
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

International Activities by Region


Mr. Chris Lanzit
Suite 1907, East Tower, Twin Towers
B-12 Jianguomenwai Avenue
Chaoyang District, Beijing 100022
Phone: +86 10 5109 6032

API's Representative Office in Beijing offers sales, marketing, and customer service to facilitate cooperation and exchange of information between the U.S. and Chinese oil and natural gas industries. Additionally, API works with the China Standards and Conformity Assessment (CSCA) office to keep API and other member associations up to date on Chinese standardization and conformity assessment matters, often presenting US positions on these activities to facilitate an improved understanding of both countries' positions on such matters.

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