API Spec Q1, 10th Edition: Countdown to Conformance

The release of the API Spec Q1 10th Edition on 18 September 2023 marks a significant milestone in the Oil & Gas industry. This edition introduces essential updates and changes that require careful attention and preparation for all licensees. Licensees have been granted a one-year window to integrate the requirements of the 10th Edition into […]

Q1, 10th Edition Update

Last week, the API announced the publication of Q1, 10th Edition. QSI will provide periodic updates discussing some of the changes, but for starters, let’s talk about title changes to the 10th Edition: Q1, 9th Edition title: Specification for Quality Management System Requirements for Manufacturing Organizations for the Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry Q1, 10th […]

What Makes an Audit Ineffective? Reason 3: Auditor Competence

Welcome back to the blog series on ‘What Makes an Audit Ineffective?’ In case you missed it, be sure to check out the previous posts where we discussed Required Documents and Records and Objective Evidence. Auditing Basics: Auditor CompetenceLet’s dive into the eight competencies QSI considers critical in an effective auditor: Communication SkillsNo surprise that […]

What Makes an Audit Ineffective? Reason 2: Objective Evidence

Welcome back to the blog series on ‘What Makes an Audit Ineffective?’ In case you missed it, be sure to check out the previous post where we discussed Required Documents and Records. Auditing Basics: Objective EvidenceAnother reason that audits are ineffective is due to the objective evidence documented by the auditor in the audit report, […]

What Makes an Audit Ineffective? Reason 1: Required Documents and Records

Audits are a common practice in business, but they’re often ineffective at identifying and addressing actual compliance-related issues. The focus of quality audits is often based upon conformity to a predeveloped quality management system (QMS) checklist rather than identifying compliance with product, technical, regulatory, customer and/or industry standards.

Tips & Tricks of the Trade

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Technical Integrity in Auditing

View this post as a presentation What is Technical Integrity? Technical integrity is the confidence that products and services meet Design and Specified Requirements, including their specified lifecycle. What are design & specified requirements? Internal Customer Regulatory or statutory Codes & standards Industry-specified codes and standards Technical integrity may be further extended into subcategories to […]

How Can I Verify the Effectiveness of the Corrections and Corrective Action Taken for an Internal Corrective Action Report (CAR)?

The verification of effectiveness of corrections and corrective action is an important part of: Eliminating the causes of nonconformities Minimizing the likelihood of its recurrence The verification process must include all corrections to the quality management system resulting from your investigation, including the identified root cause. To complete this task, you must ensure that appropriate […]

Sustaining Your Management System During a Pandemic

Historically, organizations conforming to API Spec Q1, 9th Edition, Addendum 2 have had approximately two years to identify, implement, and maintain practices related to Addendum 2’s intent: criticality. Due to the changes brought about by the pandemic, organizations should be robustly implementing their practices for Risk Assessment, Contingency Planning, and Management of Change.

Potential Risks of ISO/DIS 9001:2015 to the Oil and Gas Industry

We’re changing the industry. Our article is creating a lot of buzz in the industry. Check out our recent article published through Quality Digest! — Bud Weightman President, Qualified Specialists, International Who We Are Qualified Specialists, International (QSI) is a professional consulting, training, and management systems technology firm headquartered in Houston, TX. Founded by R.T. (Bud) Weightman […]