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Engine Oil Licensing and Certification System

Downstream Segment API 1509 SIXTEENTH EDITION, APRIL 2007

SPECIAL NOTES
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FOREWORD
This publication describes the voluntary API Engine Oil Licensing and Certification System (EOLCS) and is intended to explain to marketers how different API Marks are licensed and displayed for the consumer. The publication describes methods fordeveloping new engine oil performance requirements and provides the marketer with a description of the API Marks and their use, licensing requirements, aftermarket conformance, and enforcement procedures. It also explains the interaction and roles of the various independent organizations that are part of the API EOLCS. API publications may be used by anyone desiring to do so. Every efforthas been made by the Institute to assure the accuracy and reliability of the data contained in them; however, the Institute makes no representation, warranty, or guarantee in connection with this publication and hereby expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility for loss or damage resulting from its use or for the violation of any federal, state, or municipal regulation with whichthis publication may conflict. Suggested revisions are invited and should be submitted to the Standardization Director, American Petroleum Institute, 1220 L Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005.

CONTENTS
1 General .....................................................................................................................................................1 1.1 Introduction...
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