Compliance Assessment is the process that both operators and the AER use to identify indicators of potential noncompliance.
Each month the AER distributes a Compliance Assessment Report (CAR) to all operators detailing items that are of concern to the AER. The CAR displays occurrences where the reported volumetric data passed the Registry edits but it’s puzzling nonetheless.
For example, the identical fuel volume at a facility for several months in a row even though the production volume varied considerably over that time period.
The report does not directly identify noncompliance events, but instead lists conditions in the data available to the AER that suggest there is risk of noncompliance.
Operators are encouraged to investigate items on the CAR. If a noncompliance is discovered, EPAP requires operators to remediate the situation by enhancing the business process and/or the control over that process.
Items shown on the CAR are not noncompliance events. Indicators are just that; an indication that there is risk of noncompliance at a particular facility.
The CAR scores every item and provides an operator total score. The AER expectation is that all operators will work to reduce their score over time.
Most operators are implementing a new process in which the Production Accounting group will lead the investigation of items on the CAR with the support of Field Operations, Measurement and Engineering groups where needed. The typical resolution will be either a conclusion that the CAR item is a false positive or implementation of a process improvement that will significantly reduce the risk of the CAR item appearing again in the future.
To invite a Corvelle consultant to your office to describe how to investigate specific CAR items, please contact us.