CRN reconciliation agreement
Pressure equipment must be registered in each province or territory where it will be used.
The Reconciliation Agreement for the Canadian Registration Number for Pressure Equipment (RA for CRN) came into force on January 1, 2020. This agreement allows mutual recognition and standardization of Canadian registrations between provincial regulators.
The Agreement addresses concerns from manufacturers about the burden of registering designs and conducting business across provinces. The manufacturers faced barriers such as a long assessment period, different review criteria between provinces, and delays in registration.
To address these concerns and to streamline access to provincial markets for manufacturers and stakeholders alike, Technical Safety BC established two programs.
Technical Safety BC provides a reciprocal registration service. Reciprocal registration recognizes that a technical assessment was conducted by a qualified professional in another province or territory.
Once a design is registered with any Canadian province, applicants must submit the design for reciprocal registration to Technical Safety BC.
Online design registration
To combat additional delays in the registration process, Technical Safety BC offers online registration so manufacturers can escape paper-based mail submissions and courier challenges. In addition to registering their designs online, clients are able to retrieve information and experience greater transparency throughout the registration process.
The online Design Registration Portal also includes elements of national registration requirements embedded in the application forms.