More on Registration Time – Updated Oct 2014
Yes, the above data was for the province of Alberta – everyone seemed to know, even though we did not originally state it, and most people we talked to could identify who reviewer A was. However, these differences, to a lesser extreme can be seen in other jurisdictions, and to a lesser extent, in Alberta today.
Unfortunately the original graphs were a bit confusing. The data is more understandable when re-graphed:
As mentioned above, Reviewer A cost 2.7x as much per job (3.4x if revenue is divided per successful job), took 2.5x as many weeks per job, completed 1/3 the number of jobs for us, but generated the same revenue for ABSA from us. The number of jobs abandoned – no way forward could be found to obtain registration – at 21% is without match. Differences like this one can be found in other provinces, but not as extreme. The assigned reviewer remains the most important variable in registration costs and time regardless of the province. As of 2014, Reviewer B has been promoted within ABSA and reviewer A has left.
As an illustrative example we had a simple valve registration job stuck on reviewer A’s desk for 4 years (PVE-4768). The project was complicated by using 12L14, a commonly used, but not code listed material of construction. During the long process of registration new issues were raised on a 2-3 month interval. The project was complicated by being closed multiple times by the reviewer – we had to re-apply while answering questions to keep the project moving. When reviewer A left ABSA, the file was passed to another reviewer and registered within a week, no more questions. We doubt otherwise that this project would ever have been completed. Due to the timing of this project, it is not included in the above statistics.
Most of our ABSA rejections came from this one engineer, raising the question: is it time to re-examine other rejected jobs to see if they can now be registered?