PE is among the first Companies to Meet the Latest Oil & Gas Industry Quality Standard

(September 17th 2007)

PE, the leading UK supplier of pipeline pigging and flow assurance services and products, is among the first suppliers in the Oil and Gas Industry to be certified to ISO/TS 29001, the Oil and Gas Industry's Quality Management Standard.

PE's audit by LRQA was carried out in September and the company is very proud to have achieved this standard, which is the result of hard work and a commitment to quality by all staff.

This recently introduced standard has been developed as a result of a successful partnership between ISO and the international oil and gas industry and is a development of the requirements of ISO 9001:2000, with supplementary requirements for suppliers to the oil and gas Industry.

The standard recognises that the oil and gas industry requires rigorous conformity to engineering, user and regulatory requirements and includes detailed sector specific requirements for design, development, production, installation and service of products.

Like the ISO/TS 16949:2002 standard has become the norm in the car industry, the LRQA envisage "that this quality management system will become the norm for suppliers to the oil and gas industry's worldwide, thereby helping to reduce or eliminate multiple assessments and generally improve standards across the industry".

Willy Watson, Managing Director, commented on this achievement, "We are delighted to be among the first companies to achieve this standard and credit goes to the entire workforce for their positive approach to promoting quality in everything that we do. Achievement of this standard has not been easy, but along with our drive to improve delivery and customer service, it demonstrates our commitment to further enhance customer satisfaction."

The standard is based on ISO9001:2000 to which PE has been certified since 1995. ISO/TS 29001:2003 includes the following supplementary requirements over and above the requirements of ISO 9001:2000:

  • Control of documents and records
  • Management Responsibility
  • Resource Management and how personnel contribute to the achievement of Quality Objectives
  • Design control
  • Control and validation of special processes
  • Preservation of Product and Traceability
  • Calibration
  • Acceptance of Product
  • Analysis of data and Continual Improvement