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Design Registration

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

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
CANADA T6N 0A4

Last modified: August 21, 2015