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A few years have passed since the HRAI Manufacturers Division joined an industry-led initiative the Canadian Registration Number (CRN*) Consortium in hopes of reducing the burden manufacturers face to comply with the CRN process without compromising public safety. Compliance with the CRN process is expensive for manufacturers and can have a detrimental effect on industry and consumers alike, due to the current requirements that stipulate manufacturers must register designs in each province.

We were very fortunate that the White Paper on pressure equipment prepared by the Consortium was introduced on the agenda of the Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table as an item for regulatory reconciliation.  They have now endorsed our recommendation to change the process.

Reported by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) during their webinar held earlier this month, provincial jurisdictions are now working on the implementation of the Reconciliation Agreement for CRN. To view a copy of SCC’s presentation click here.

The mutual recognition agreement is applicable to pressure equipment (boilers, pressure vessels, and fittings) to be used in more than one jurisdiction and requires that manufacturers need only submit one CRN application for the design review, thereby saving time and the cost of submitting designs in multiple jurisdictions. Manufacturers must still register in various jurisdictions. This will facilitate trade of pressure equipment through mutual recognition of design reviews and enter into force for parties on January 1, 2020.  This will only apply to jurisdictions that sign the agreement.  SCC is working towards 100% participation and they have expressed some confidence that all provinces will sign the agreement, however there is an opt-out clause.

For more information contact Caroline Czajko at HRAI, e-mail: cczajko@hrai.ca

*The CRN number is an alfa-numeric identifier issued by each province or territory of Canada to the design of a boiler, pressure vessel or fitting. The CRN identifies the design has been accepted and registered for use in that province or territory.