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THE PETROLEUM QUALITY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA​

The independent resource for information and insights on the quality and integrity of lubricants in the marketplace

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PQIA Certified Motor Oil Suppliers

The PQIA Certified Motor Oil Supplier program is structured to help assure lubricant manufacturers and distributors meet PQIA’s standards, the requirements set forth by the American Petroleum Institute (API), the American Chemistry Council (ACC), and government regulations (NIST HB130), as they pertain to the manufacturing and labeling of motor oils.” In addition to determining if products are made right, the PQIA Certification Program is intended to help assure the products made are right for consumers. This means the lubricants meet claimed specifications, are not labeled deceptively, display appropriate API Service Symbols and/or Certification Marks, and, include any cautionary statements specified in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Standard J183.”

To obtain certification, lubricant suppliers and marketers must demonstrate their commitment to quality in raw materials (i.e. base oils, additives), blending practices and procedures, quality control and batch testing, product trace codes, sample retains, labeling, packaging, shipping, licensing and approvals, and finished product quality. In addition, the PQIA audit includes evaluation of the quality management systems and management system documentation review.

Further, PQIA Certified Motor Oil Suppliers agree to the PQIA Code of Ethical Business Conduct (CODE), provide access to manufacturing and packaging facilities for PQIA plant audits and random and periodic sampling and testing of bulk and packaged lubricants. 

PQIA Certified Motor Oil Suppliers

Lubricant Blenders

Company

Initial Certification Date

Expiration Date

Certification Number

Certificate

November 1, 2015

Dec 15, 2020

0100

November 1, 2015

Jan 1, 2020

0101

November 1, 2015

Jan 1, 2020

0102

November 1, 2015

Jan 1, 2020

0103

October 1, 2019

Oct 1, 2020

0105

Lubricant Distributors/Marketers

Company

Initial Certification Date

Expiration Date

Certification Number

Certificate

November 1, 2015

Jan 1, 2020

0104

The PQIA Certification Process

All PQIA Certified Motor Oil Suppliers agree to the PQIA Code of Ethical Business Conduct (CODE), provide access to manufacturing and packaging facilities for PQIA plant audits and random and periodic sampling and testing of bulk and packaged lubricants.
The PQIA Motor Oil Certification process comprises four phases.
  • Application and Code: The first phase is an evaluation of the candidate’s PQIA application for certification. This includes the applicant’s signed agreement that it complies with the PQIA Code of Ethical Business Conduct (CODE). This is followed by a pre-audit.

  • Pre-Audit: The pre-audit looks to assure the applicant is in compliance with the PQIA CODE. In doing so, PQIA conducts an in-depth review of the applicant’s motor oil API licenses and an examination of the applicant’s website, product literature, and product claims. In addition, a search is conducted to determine if the company’s motor oils are subject to any Stop-Use Order, Stop-Removal Order, or any other action by any state authority to restrict or ban sales.

  • Plant(s) Audit: Assuming a PQIA Certification applicant meets the requirements of the first two phases of the process, PQIA conducts an audit of the applicant’s facility(s).

  • Sampling and Testing: The fourth and ongoing stage of the PQIA Certification Audit Process is to obtain a random sampling of bulk motor oils and packaged products from the candidate’s blend plant(s) and/or warehouse. Samples collected by the PQIA are sent to a third party, ISO 9001:2008 certified laboratory for analysis. Laboratory test results are reviewed and assessed by the PQIA to determine if they meet SAE J300 viscosity claims and are representative of the claimed API/ILSAC performance level.
Following completion of the audit, the PQIA reviews the audit findings to determine eligibility and submits a report to the candidate with the audit findings. A confidential PQIA Audit Report is submitted to the applicant, either confirming compliance with PQIA’s standards or summarizing deficiencies. In the event there are deficiencies, (pre- or post- audit) the company has a 60-day opportunity to address the issues and/or provide the PQIA with proof that the deficiencies have been resolved. In the absence of such documentation, PQIA reserves the right to deny or retract certifications.
Certified companies are authorized to use the PQIA Certification Mark on their motor oil packaging and marketing material.

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