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ISO Technical Committee 67 – Oil and gas industries including lower carbon energy is a technical committee within the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ISO/TC 67 is responsible for developing and maintaining international standards in the worldwide upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas industry and related lower carbon energy activities. Its role encompasses the harmonization of standards for facilities, equipment and operations used for drilling, production, pipeline transport and processing of liquids and gaseous hydrocarbons on, and between, offshore oil and gas installations and onshore terminals and oil refineries.


American oil companies were the first to develop standards for the oil and gas industry.[1] American trade associations such as the American Petroleum Institute (founded in 1919),[2] the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), ASTM International, NACE International and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) developed Standards, Codes and Recommended Practices that were recognized and used around the world.

TC 67 was initially established when ISO was founded in 1947.[1]

Exploitation of the oil and gas resources took place in other regions, for example, the development of oil and gas in the North Sea began in the 1960s and 1970s.[3][4] In these regions oil companies developed in-house standards and specifications for aspects of their operations which were not covered by the American Standards. There were therefore a large number of codes, standards and procedures developed by companies; national, regional and international standardization bodies; and industry associations. [5] To better achieve harmonization, consistency and conformity of standards on a worldwide basis TC 67 was reactivated in 1989.[1]

The need for common standards was also informed by the creation of the European Single Market on 1 January 1993.[5] This abolished trade restrictions for the 19 nations in the European Economic Area. It required open procurement for the upstream oil industry with technical specifications based on European or other commonly accepted standards.[5]

Up to 1995 ISO/TC 67 focused on creating an effective working committee structure and producing a prioritized work program.[6] During the period 1995 to 2000 the focus was on the development and publication of International Standards.[6]

TC 67 was formerly titled 'Materials, equipment and offshore structures for petroleum and natural gas industries' then ‘Materials, equipment and offshore structures for petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries’, before adopting its present name in the 2022.

TC 67’s stated mission is ‘to create value-added standards for the oil and natural gas industries’. And its vision is for ‘international standards used locally worldwide’.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "About ISO/TC 67". ISO. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  2. "American Petroleum Institute". American Petroleum Institute. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  3. Kemp, Alex (2012). The official history of North Sea oil and gas. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9781138019034.
  4. More, Charles (2009). Black gold: Britain and Oil in the Twentieth Century. London: Continuum. ISBN 9781847250438.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Thomas, G.A.N. and Geoffrey Thorp and J.B. Denham (4 May 1992). "The Upstream Oil and Gas Industry's Initiative in the Development of International Standards Based on API Standards". Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, Texas, May 1992.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Stark, C. ; J.A. Heimer; A. Loppinet; A.R. Johansen; G.A.N. Thomas; M. Prazzoli; P.T.N. Reeve (28 March 2001). "International Standards For The Oil & Gas Industries: An Update Paper". Offshore Mediterranean Conference and Exhibition, Ravenna, Italy, March 2001.

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