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As participants in this meeting, we need to be mindful of the constraints of antitrust laws. There shall be no discussions of agreements or concerted actions that may restrain competition. This prohibition includes the exchange of information concerning individual prices, rates, coverages, market practices, claims settlement practices, or any other competitive aspect of an individual company’s operation. Each participant is obligated to speak up immediately for the purpose of preventing any discussion falling outside these bounds.

CER Committee Membership

CER Committee participation is open to both members of CIECA and Non members of CIECA.

Membership within CER Committee is granted after attending two consecutive meetings and 50% of the scheduled meetings after membership is established.

Membership is granted to the individual, not an organization.  

All approval decisions are made openly and on a consensus basis.  Consensus requires that all views and objections be openly and honestly considered, and that a concerted effort be made toward resolution.  The group will agree collectively on recognizing different positions.



  • Created due to government regulations

  • Eases the reporting burden of repair facilities

  • Goal: Create one record containing all data for government reporting

Scope & Objectives

The CER Committee will focus on the potential and process of:

  • Determine the benefits to all industry segments

  • Provide industry definitions (including questions and answers) and process flows

  • Develop a standard format for data communications

  • Establishing relationships to existing data elements

  • Developing a business workflow and providing industry definitions for all entities involved in this process

  • Developing new message types, code lists and/or fields (as needed) to facilitate 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



The purpose of this committee is to define business information passing between parties as it relates to the collision repair and related industries.  We are asking for responses and feedback from the industry at-large relative to the work the committee has done to date, and to emphasize the importance of continued work in this area. 

The first objective will 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. 

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:

👥 Industry Segments

Repair Facilities

Regulatory Authorities

Compliance Inspectors

Paint Provider

Insurance Companies

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 a complete list of CIECA’s identified Industry Segments and definitions; please visit Industry Segments

CIECA Messages:

No Services: CER Report Communication: Initial, Interim, Final (Vehicle CERs shared between parties) - Not developed

Authorization Services: Approval requests and recipts for CERs - Not developed

No Services: CER Report Requests for Reports of a single or multiple CERs - Not developed

No Services: CERning Verification Reports verifying the CERs were completed and to share the CERs themselves - Not developed

Assignment Services: Vehicle Damage assignment with CER information sent

Estimate Services: Vehicle Damage Estimates with CER information sent in the vehicle damage estimate.

Attachment Services: Embedded Attachment (CERs sent in a message containing the CER only ) and Attachment Locations (CERs sent in a message containing CER only at a location (e.g web sites) and Integrity Validation (Verifies the CER information is the same as that was sent

Procurement Services: Repair Order Folders with CERs in the Repair Order

Meet the team

If you have questions on the committee’s activities, please contact a recent attendee.  If there is no date in column 1, they have not participated.

Chair(s):      Steven Schillinger



Industry Segment

Last Attended

Barry Thomas


Charlie Ayers


Donald Crook


David Bernard

Elizabeth Rice



Gene Lopez

Seidner’s Collision Centers


Ginny Whelan

Automotive Recyclers Association 12/2020

Hadi Darvish

Jeffrey Klock

Jennifer Blake

John Parran

PPG Industries 

Kyle Holt



Lawrence Merrill


Marcel Skacel


Mark Houde

MR Hude LLC 

Mark Juell

PPG Industries 

Matteo Melegatti 

Matthew Lync

PPG Industries


Melissa Miller



Michael Lloyd


Mike Hastings 

Paul Barry



Paulette Reed



Phil Martinez



Robert Turchan

Pride Collision Centers, Inc. 

Stacey Phillips



Stefano Moretto 

Steve Schillinger - Last Chair

GRC-Pirk Management 

Tim Schneider 

Trevor Schumaker