ASTM International partners with API to harmonize petroleum standards in West Africa
Global standards organization ASTM International and the American Petroleum Institute (API) have announced a partnership on a project aimed at harmonizing petroleum standards in the West African region, with impact in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal.
The three-year project is supported by the USAID Standards Alliance and managed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
"We are pleased to work with API and African stakeholders to support streamlined petroleum standards," ASTM International Vice President of Global Cooperation Teresa Cendrowska said. “These harmonization efforts will promote consistency and facilitate compliance in the West African Region.”
Funded by USAID, the Standards Alliance program supports the capacity of developing countries in the areas of legal and regulatory frameworks, standards development, conformity assessment procedures, and private sector engagement. Standards compliance becomes complex when companies must comply with a patchwork of international or local standards. Harmonizing regional standards will allow manufacturers, suppliers and conformity assessment bodies to demonstrate that products, services or processes comply with relevant legislation, while facilitating the delivery of safe and quality products to consumers.
“The steps we are taking today with ASTM International will assist our ongoing efforts to promote industry safety and sustainability standards around the world, while supporting the Standards Alliance’s important work on harmonization,” API Vice President for Segment Standards and Services Alexa Burr said. “We are thankful for ASTM’s work in helping to establish this partnership and look forward to working together on streamlining petroleum standards in West Africa.”
The standards harmonization project follows a 2019 Standards Alliance training on international petroleum standards and management systems. The training allowed participants to discuss international best practices for petroleum, as well as environmental and economic challenges of the West African region.