API Introduces Online Licensing


Gone are the days when licensees had to complete long and complicated forms,the American Petroleum Institute says upon launching its Engine Oil Licensing and Certification System online application system.

The new system is now live, APIs manager of engine oil licensing and certification Kevin Ferrick told Lube Report. Current and prospective licensees can manage all aspects of APIs EOLCS online, from applying for a license to adding and managing products, renewing certification, and arranging payment of fees.

For engine oil marketers to use API marks such as the starburst certification mark and the donut service symbol on their products, API must first review the product formulation against performance standards set by the ASTM, SAE International, and the American Chemistry Council (ACC). After licensing and certification, API conducts ongoing monitoring and enforcement through its Aftermarket Audit program. According to APIs website, more than 8,000 products are currently licensed to display API marks.

Originally launched in 1993, previous applicants to APIs voluntary licensing and certification program needed to request and submit paper forms to manage their licensing. This system is long overdue, the new services welcome page says. Existing license holders and applicants should have received an email granting access to the new system. Users who have already registered for APIs Motor Oil Matters or Diesel Exhaust Fluid online systems can use existing login credentials, according to APIs website. New users can register immediately.

The new system can be accessed from the EOLCS portion of APIs website:http://engineoil.api.org.