• EOLCS System is Live!
    API is pleased to announce that we have launched an online application system for the Engine Oil Licensing and Certification System. Gone are the days when licensees had to complete long and complicated forms. Now, current and prospective licensees can request licensing, manage their products and formulations and renew their license online. This system is long overdue. API hopes all licensees find the online system useful and efficient. If you have any questions or comments, please contact API through the Helpdesk at teameolcs@api.org.

    Provisional Licensing invoked for ASTM D7589 (“Sequence VID”)
    ASTM has notified API that test ASTM D7589 (“Sequence VID”) is unavailable for candidate testing at both Intertek Automotive Research and Southwest Research Institute. The Sequence VID is conducted to prove an engine oil formulation’s performance for fuel economy against the ILSAC GF-5 and API SN with Resource Conserving standards. In response to this notification, API’s Engine Oil Licensing and Certification System (EOLCS) has invoked Provisional Licensing in accordance with paragraph 6.7 of API 1509. Provisional Licensing only applies to oil marketers that need to run the Sequence VID Test to qualify a formulation as ILSAC GF-5 and API SN with Resource Conserving. 

    Energy Conserving Designation is Being Discontinued

    On December 30, 2016, API will discontinue licensing gasoline engine oils to use the “Energy Conserving” designation in conjunction with API SL and API SM. API’s action to cease licensing the Energy Conserving designation became necessary after ASTM D02.B0 notified API that the Sequence VIB test used to validate Energy Conserving performance is no longer available.

    Specific information on how API’s decision will affect licenses is provided below:

    • API has ceased licensing new oils to display the Energy Conserving designation.
    • After December 30, 2016, currently licensed oil marketers will not be permitted to use Energy Conserving inside the API Service Symbol “Donut” used on labels, web sites or promotional documentation.
    • Oils claiming API SL or API SM will remain on API licenses, but the licenses will no longer indicate licensing for the Energy Conserving designation.

    Starting December 21, API will begin the process of withdrawing products that have not already been withdrawn by the licensees.  As a result, contacts may receive many email notifications indicating that a product claiming Energy Conserving was withdrawn.

    API strongly encourages licensees to review these individual notifications to ensure that your products remain licensed to your satisfaction.  

    You may direct any concerns to teameolcs@api.org via email. 

    EOLCS Program Update
    API’s Engine Oil Licensing and Certification System licenses oils meeting API performance standards and samples oils purchased in the marketplace to ensure they comply with API program requirements. API-licensed marketers are granted the right to display the API Service Symbol Donut and Certification Mark Starburst on or in conjunction with their API-licensed oils. As marketers begin applying for licenses for their API CK-4 and FA-4 oils, they should keep the following points in mind:

    The marketer name on the oil package or described online or in product literature must match the marketer name on the API license.

    The brand name, viscosity grade, and API performance standard of the licensed oil must be consistent with the information on the API license.

    API licenses are not transferrable, and API-licensed oil marketers are not permitted to issue sublicenses to their customers. Only API can issue licenses to use the API Service Symbol Donut and Certification Mark Starburst.

    A licensed oil marketer may produce and package an oil for another marketer, but that oil must be either (1) licensed separately by API or (2) carry a statement such as “produced by marketer X for marketer Y.” In the latter instance, the brand name, viscosity grade, and API performance standard are included on marketer X’s license. 

    For marketers that may have more than one oil supplier, API requires the marketer to obtain their own license.  API does not allow one marketer’s brand to appear on multiple API licenses. 

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