Design Registration Program

The primary quality objective of the Design Registration Program is to ascertain, within reasonable bounds, that designs or procedures submitted for registration under the Safety Codes Act are in compliance with the Act, regulations and relevant codes and standards. One must, however, keep in mind that the owner of the design has ultimate responsibility for its correctness. Acceptable designs and procedures will be registered in accordance with the regulations.

Where the word Act is used here, it means the Safety Codes Act, the applicable regulations under that Act and the relevant codes and standards.

The scope of the Design Registration Program involves:

  • Assessment of new and revised designs of boilers, pressure vessels, pressure piping, fittings and other pressure equipment for compliance with the Act and registration of those found acceptable

  • Assessment of alterations to boilers, pressure vessels and fittings and registration of those found acceptable

  • Assessment of new joining procedures and registration of those found acceptable

  • Assessment of various other procedures, e.g. repair or testing procedures, and registration of those found acceptable

  • Maintenance of a database and records of registered designs and procedures

Safety Codes Act Flow Chart

This flow chart (AB-508) will help a person to determine if a pressurized item is subject to the Safety Codes Act and what requirements apply.

Design Submission Requirements

Detailed design submission requirements are available for the following areas:

  • Boilers and Pressure Vessels
  • Pressure Piping
  • Fitting Design
  • Welding, Brazing and other Joining Procedures
  • Other 

Design registration form AB-31 and document package should be sent to ABSA Edmonton office at the following address:

Design Survey Department
ABSA, the pressure equipment safety authority
9410-20 Ave
Edmonton, Alberta

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Updated Feb 18, 2010

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Acts and Regulations
Alerts and Information Bulletins
AB-508, Safety Codes Act Flow Chart
AB-31, Design Registration Application
AB-31A, Minimum Required Information form the Submitter for Pressure Vessels, Heat Exchangers and Boilers
AB-31B, Minimum Required Information for Pressure Piping System Submissions
AB-40, Boilers and Pressure Vessel Repair & Alteration Report
AB-40a, Guide for Completing Form AB-40
AB-41, Statutory Declaration Form for Registration of Fittings
AB-41a, Guide for Completing Form AB-41
AB-81, Completion of Construction Declaration
AB-83, Construction Data Report for Piping Systems
AB-83F, Construction Data Report for Piping Systems Manufactured Outside Alberta
AB-96, General Engineering Requirements
AB-96a, Guide for Completing AB-96
AB-230, General Engineering Requirements for Boilers and Pressure Vessels Repair and Alteration Procedure
AB-230a, Guide for completing Form AB-230
AB-520, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Requirements
AB-525, Overpressure Protection Requirements for Pressure Vessels and Pressure Piping
Fee Schedule
Impact Testing
Use of Hydrocarbon Refrigerants (CSA B52-99)
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