Overview of American Petroleum Institute (API)

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The American Petroleum Institute (API) is a trade organization that represents the oil and gas industry in the United States. 

Since 1924, API has been the leader in developing equipment and operating standards for the oil and natural gas industry.  API works with subject-matter experts from the O&G industry to maintain an inventory of over 600 standards and recommended practices. API standards are designed to assist industry professionals improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of their operations, comply with legislative and regulatory requirements, safeguard health, and protect the environment. 

In addition to publishing industry standards and recommended practices, API also certifies inspectors of industry equipment through their Individual Certification Programs, which are designed to recognize working professionals who are knowledgeable of industry inspection codes and are performing their jobs in accordance with those codes.

Center for Offshore Safety (COS)

The Center for Offshore Safety (COS) serves the U.S. offshore oil and natural gas industry to support and enable continuous improvement in safety and operational integrity. The foundation of the COS is based on API RP 75, the American Petroleum Institute (API) Recommended Practice for Development of a Safety and Environmental Management (SEMS) Program for Offshore Operations and Facilities. API RP 75 was incorporated into federal regulations by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

The Center for Offshore Safety promotes the highest level of safety for offshore drilling, completions and operations through effective leadership, communication, teamwork, use of disciplined management systems, and independent third-party auditing and certification.

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