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Equipment Certification

Verifying design and safety standards is critical to helping technology innovators develop, manufacture and certify equipment that will perform safely and reliably in challenging operating conditions. Equipment must function within the specified operational limits and with an acceptable level of confidence for suppliers and users to comply with industry standards and local regulatory requirements, anywhere in the world.

Risk assessments and reliability studies form an integral part of our certification process to assess hazards related to safety critical elements and to evaluate the ability of the system to reliably meet its functional requirements and defined goals.

Helping You Meet a World of Standards

Our team is experienced to handle your equipment/product certification needs to help you maintain the appropriate levels of reliability, functionality and safety for systems, equipment, software, structures and procedures for the following certifications:

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

The quality systems of more than 7,000 companies in more than 70 countries are currently certified by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The ASME Certification Mark is used to indicate that the stamped item(s) conform to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC), as well as the Bioprocessing Equipment (BPE) Standard and Reinforced Thermoset Plastic Corrosion-Resistant Equipment (RTP-1) Standard. Utilization of the Certification Mark is a means of complying with the laws and regulations in nearly all US states and Canadian provinces.

Pressure Equipment Directive

European Pressure Equipment Directive

In Europe, all equipment that stores fluids at a pressure greater than 0.5 bar must comply with the European Union (EU) Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) and show a CE mark. This European-wide legislation applies in all EU Member States and many other European countries. Equipment regulated under PED (official ref. 97/23/EC and 2014/68/EU from July 2016) includes vessels, pressurized storage containers, heat exchangers, steam generators, boilers, industrial piping, safety devices and pressure accessories.

Through our global partnership with UK-based HPi Verification Services (EU Notified Body #1521), we can help you obtain the necessary certificates for all equipment in the scope of the PED as well as material approvals. Our joint team also provides approval testing and certificates for welding procedures and personnel employed in PED production activities. An online PED training program is available, for which successful candidates will receive a certificate from the Notified Body in Europe.

Canadian Registration Number

The Canadian Registration Number (CRN) is a number issued by each province or territory of Canada identifying that the design of a boiler, pressure vessel, pressure piping system or fitting meets the requirements of and has been accepted and registered for use in that province or territory. The province or territory is represented by numeric digits following the decimal point within the CRN as shown:


1 = British Columbia

2 = Alberta

3 = Saskatchewan

4 = Manitoba

5 = Ontario

6 = Quebec

7 = New Brunswick

8 = Nova Scotia

9 = Prince Edward Island

0 = Newfoundland

N = Nunavut

T = Northwest Territories

Y = Yukon Territory

The manufacturer or person constructing or bringing into a province (10 in total) a boiler, pressure vessel, pressure piping system or fitting must submit designs, including drawings, calculations and specifications, for review, quoting and registration.

The manufacturer or person constructing or bringing into a province (10 in total) a boiler, pressure vessel, pressure piping system or fitting must submit designs, including drawings, calculations and specifications, for review, quoting and registration. Our Registered Professional Engineers conduct an independent survey of the design to verify that it meets the registration requirements. We then work with agencies such as ABSA (Alberta) and TSSA (Ontario) to obtain your registration number for that province.

American Petroleum Institute

American Petroleum Institute

The American Petroleum Institute (API) is the only national trade association that represents all aspects of America's oil and natural gas industry. API comprises more than 600 corporate members, including producers, refiners, suppliers, pipeline operators and marine transporters, as well as service and supply companies. API certification is considered to be the most trusted credential in the petrochemical industry.

Code of Federal Regulations

According to the United States Government Publishing Office, the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) annual edition is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 subject matter titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation and which are updated once each calendar year.

Our subject matter experts have led and worked with industry groups to develop technical positions and as active participants in these rulemakings, including the Occupational Safety and Health Association's (OSHA's) Process Safety Management regulation (29 CFR 1910.119) and the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Risk Management Program rule (40 CFR Part 68).

Learn more about our safety management and SEMS compliance services.

ATEX Directive

The Directive on Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres (2014/34/EC) entered into force on 1 March 1996 and was updated in 2013. The Directive is commonly referred to as the ATEX Directive (ATmospheres EXplosibles), but may also be called the ATEX Equipment Directive or ATEX 95. The Directive applies to electrical and/or mechanical equipment used on the surface, below the ground and on fixed offshore installations. 

In addition to the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EC, which covers the safety requirements for equipment to be used in potentially explosive atmospheres, there is an additional European ATEX Directive, 99/92/EC. This is also known as the ATEX Workplace Directive, or ATEX 137, and highlights what employers must do to minimize the risk to workers from explosive atmospheres. ATEX 137 also classifies hazardous areas where an explosive atmosphere could form by the type of hazard. 

Our technical engineers will look at your drawings, determine the best route available and help you obtain your ATEX certificate.

Indian Boiler Regulations

Indian Boiler Regulations

Indian Boiler Regulations (IBR) standards cover the design, fabrication, inspection, testing and certification of boilers and boiler components and materials for compliance by the manufacturers and users of boilers in India. Boiler and boiler component manufacturers sending these products to or those manufacturing them in India require an IBR certification provided by an Inspecting Authority. Inspecting Authorities are agencies recognized by the Central Boiler Board as an IBR certifying authority. ABS Consulting, a subsidiary of ABS Group, is recognized as an Inspecting Authority globally, as well as a Competent Authority outside India for issuing certificates to welders of boilers and boiler components.

Singapore Product Registration (MOM)

All boilers and pressure vessels to be used in Singapore must be registered with the Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) according to the Workplace Health Regulations. Under the Workplace Safety and Health (General Provisions) Regulations, you must register the following types of pressure vessels:

  • Air receivers (AR)
  • Steam receivers (SR)
  • Refrigeration plant pressure receivers (PR)
  • Steam boilers, including autoclaves (BR)
  • Economisers (BE)
  • Superheaters (BS)

If these boilers and pressure vessels are fabricated overseas, they must be inspected during construction by an approved overseas inspection agency. The Singapore Ministry has approved ABS Consulting as an overseas inspection agency, which can provide services worldwide.

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Malaysia Product Certification (DOSH)

The Malaysian Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) administrates and enforces legislation to ensure that the safety, health and welfare of people at work as well as others are protected from hazards resulting from occupational activities in the following industrial sectors: manufacturing; mining and quarrying; construction; agriculture, forestry and fishing; utilities (gas, electricity, water and sanitary services); transport, storage and communication; wholesale and retail trades; hotels and restaurants; finance, insurance, real estate and business services; public services and statutory authorities. DOSH has certified various companies' inspectors as Inspection Authorities for Certification.


This certification covers boilers and pressure vessels that are to be exported to Malaysia. Areas to be covered and inspected consist of:

  • Steam Boilers
  • Pressure Vessels
  • Material Codes
  • Design Codes
  • Qualification of Inspectors
  • Inspection and Certification

DOSH has approved ABS Group as an inspection agency, which can provide services worldwide.

Local Content (Brasil)

Local Content (Brazil)

The Brazilian petroleum industry has been entering into concession contracts since 1997 to explore domestic reserves. Nevertheless, this market opening has exposed existing gaps in expertise, technology, human resources and infrastructure between Brazilian and foreign firms. For this reason, the National Petroleum Agency (ANP) decided in 2008 to implement the Local Content program for the purpose of promoting economic development and the transfer of technical knowledge to Brazilians.

Performing certification activities in Brazil for more than 40 years, ABS Group operates in accordance with ANP regulations and provides local content certification for goods and services suppliers in a wide range of industries. We work directly with concessionaires to support certification projects along the entire oil and gas productive chain and are accredited to certify compliance for all 21 different activities covered by the regulations addressing subsea, marine, naval architecture, safety and other services.

Other International Certifications

  • AS 1210: Australia Pressure Vessels 
  • CSA-51-09: Canadian Product Registration 
  • GOST: Russian Product Registration 

For further information please contact Richard M. Essery at 1-905-569-9872 or

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Wherever your operation is around the world, third party inspection can help you maintain safety, reliability and integrity during the entire lifecycle of your asset – whether you’re trying to meet internationally recognized codes, standards or design specifications.


ABS Group serves an independent verification body to verify that your assets are designed, constructed and operate in accordance with the applicable national and international standards, classification society rules, industry guidelines and recommended practices as specified.

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