API adopts licence plan for US motor oil industry

18 October 2011 20:16  [Source: ICIS news]

ORLANDO, Florida (ICIS)--The American Petroleum Institute (API) is adopting an industry-wide, non-brand specific plan for licensing distributors and installers of bulk oils going into US motor oils, an institute representative said on Tuesday.

“We hope to educate the industry and the consumer on the importance of using quality motor oils,” said Kevin Ferrick, manager of engine oil licensing and certification systems for the API. He spoke at the meeting of the Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA) in Orlando.

The API programme, titled “Motor Oils Matter”, or MOM, and will offer API standards’ specification checks and on-site audits for distributors to become licensed.

Installers will be able to self-certify on the MOM website. Once licensed, installers would be subject to after-market audits.

Renewals would be required throughout the programme, with cancellation for cause an included function in the process, Ferrick said.

“We want to help the US consumer understand the benefits of using quality certified motor oils, especially regarding warranty requirements.”

According to the API, other benefits of the plan would be prevention of deceptive trade practices, environmental benefits and warranty protection offered by the safeguarding of motor oil quality standards.

Website launch for the MOM programme was “coming soon”, Ferrick said.

The MOM plan is now in the approval process. If ratified by the industry by July 2012, the plan would go into effect in 2013.

By: Judith Taylor
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