CER (Combined Environmental Reporting)

Chairperson:  Steven Schillinger

The purpose of this committee is to define regulatory business information passing between parties as it relates to the collision repair and related industries. 
The purpose of this report is to continue work by committee members concerning regulatory data exchange information passing between parties as it relates to the collision repair industry. We are asking for responses and feedback from government agencies, insurance carriers, repairers, and paint suppliers regarding all communications needed to complete regulatory recordkeeping, permitting and/or licensing documentation within the collision repair industry.
The first objective will be to increase membership to accomplish this task. It will also be to develop a single focus of the committee’s scope, objectives and goals.  It is evident that a framework has already begun that can drive future progress, and success will be dependent upon an expanded active participation.
Today there are approximately 22,000 environmental type agencies and jurisdictions in the nation. It would be a monumental task to attempt to standardize reporting for these 22,000 agencies.  The effort to produce a “Global Harmonized System” has not been successful, but continues to be a regulatory format. The framework for which has already been established by federal, state, tribal and local government authorities.
The Committee recognizes the federal government has standardized reporting to it from multiple agencies in the CROMERR (Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Regulation) standard. The Next-Generation-Compliance (Next Gen) initiative of the EPA is included in our scope of work.
The Compliance Committee is chartered with developing electronic business standards that can be adopted and implemented by collision repair facilities, insurance carriers, third party administrators, suppliers, consumers, and related collision industry members and their associations.  The participants in this Committee may represent competing companies whose conduct is subject to the federal antitrust laws of the United States, the European Union and other nations.  Keeping in mind the commitment of the respective companies to comply with those laws. The CIECA Committee will follow their antitrust statement that there will be no discussions relating to any agreements to set prices, to fix terms of sale, to divide or allocate markets in any manner or to refuse to deal with third parties.
The mission of the CIECA Compliance Committee is to develop standards to electronically exchange data between parties concerning the security, verification and validation of regulatory compliance documents, including the use of commercial emails, online advertising and consumer privacy.
CIECA’s CER (Combined Environmental Reporting) Committee’s goal is to develop the following approach:

Scope & Objectives
The CER Committee focus will be to:
  • Determine the benefits to all industry segments
  • Provide industry definitions (including questions and answers) and process flows
  • Develop a standard format for data communications
  • Establish relationships to existing data elements
  • Develop a business work flow and providing industry definitions for all entities involved in this process
  • Develop new message types, code lists and/or fields (as needed) to facilitate required reporting message formats
  • Invite non-CIECA organizations and companies to join us in this development, including:
    • Paint Mix Scale Systems
    • Paint Booth Systems
    • Body Shop Management Systems
    • Electric Utility Metering Systems
    • Gas Utility Metering Systems
    • Waste Hauler E-Manifesting Systems
    • Paint Distributors
The objective of the committee is to define standard implementations for data exchange of regulatory reporting, permitting, licensing, and verification acknowledgements between participants. The committee will focus on:
  • Defining codes and standards to be used in the implementation of regulatory compliance
  • Supporting data elements established under existing federal, state and local regulations
  • Determining the benefits to all industry segments
  • Establishing compliance implementation guides

Operating Guidelines
  • Incorporate all potential business entities in the business processes
  • Work with the group to respond to group goals and timelines
  • Provide an open working relationship within the Committee while respecting the antitrust guidelines and other regulatory community standards

Industry Segment Affected 
  • Repair Facilities –  Any company whose business concern is to repair damaged vehicles
  • Regulatory Authorities – Those federal, state, tribal and local government agencies whose nature of business is regulatory law and rulemaking.
  • Compliance Inspectors – Government employees that investigate potential violations and provide their findings and assessments to the applicable regulatory agency, i.e., EPA, OSHA, DOT, DOE, NFPA, etc.
  • Paint Provider – Any company whose businesses concern is the manufacturing, supply and/or distribution of chemicals and coatings to the collision repair industry. The provider can provide substances, adhesives, solvents, thinners, hardeners, powder coatings, etc.
  • Insurance Companies –   Property and Casualty insurers in one or multiple lines of business

Government Agencies Affected 
  • DOC – Department of Commerce
  • DOE – Department of Energy
  • DOT – Department of Transportation
  • DOL – Department of Labor
  • EPA – Environmental Protection Agency
  • FDIC – Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • FTC – Federal Trade Commission
  • NFPA – National Fire Protection Association
  • NIC – National Insurance Commission
  • NRC – National Regulatory Commission
  • OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • SLT – State, Local, and Tribal Governments

For more information and to join this committee, email projects@cieca.com.