Sector Specific Quality Management Systems for Petroleum, Petrochemical and Natural Gas Industries
ISO 29001:2020 was published in May 2020. This standard was designed to be used independently, or as an addition to ISO 9001:2015 for managing the inherent risks and opportunities within the petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries.
This 29001 standard follows ISO’s High Level Structure and utilizes 100% of the ISO 9001:2015 requirements with additional guidelines from the widely used American Petroleum Institute (API Spec Q1 and API Spec Q2) guidance documents.
History of ISO 29001
ISO’s technical committee, TC 76 published a previous version of this sector-specific standard in June 2010. The standard at that time integrated the ISO 9001:2008 with cooperation from API and their industry requirements. The 2010 version of the standard was not widely used as API’s specifications updated shortly thereafter to include critical legislative revisions within the petroleum sector, some of which were results of lessons learnt from major Oil & Gas and Environmental disasters.
In addition to this, a new framework for the structure of ISO Management System Standards was adapted in 2015 to introduce the new High Level structure, which in turn left the 2010 version of the Standard in the shadows, losing relevance to industry norms and best practices.
The 2020 version of the ISO 29001:2020 standard now combines the following:
- Requirements of the most popular Quality Management standard (ISO 9001:2015)
- Follows the ISO High Level Structure and
- Includes the benchmark for Oil & Gas requirements (API Spec Q1), for Manufacturing and API SPEC Q2, and for Service and Supply organizations.
ISO 29001 application and relevance
High Level Structure – Integration
The main benefit of the High Level structure in ISO Management Systems is its integration capabilities. Because ISO 29001:2020 follows this structure, systems already compliant or certified to ISO 9001:2015 will be approximately 75% compliant to the 29001 Standard. Essentially, this is an ISO 9001:2015 standard with additional best practices and guidance from API (American Petroleum Institute) specifications. Manufacturing organizations will include additional sector requirements via API Spec Q1, while Service and Supply organizations can use API Spec 2 for their supplemental requirements. Most organizations accept ISO 9001 standard as the benchmark for quality, however specific Tier 1 Organization and High Risk Industries require API specifications because of their relevance to the associated and inherent risks. ISO 29001:2020 complies with both the Petroleum specifications and the International Quality System requirements.