IGA’s SERMI scheme now open for registration 

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has announced the opening of enrolment for its Security-related Repair Maintenance Information (SERMI) scheme in the UK.

With full implementation taking place on 1st October 2023, all UK independent operators and remote service suppliers are being invited to register and prepare in time for access to the SERMI platform being run and regulated by the UK body.

The IGA has been lobbying on behalf of the UK independent aftermarket for years, seeing access to manufacturer information, particularly security technical data to assist members in effectively repairing cars. 

SERMI represents a secure platform that offers independent garages access to security related repair and maintenance information, allowing access to vehicle data. SERMI will enable Independent Garages and Remote Service Suppliers to deliver efficient and reliable services, elevating customer satisfaction and repair to new heights.

“We are delighted to announce the enrolment opening for the SERMI scheme,” said Stuart James, Chief Executive of the IGA. “This initiative reflects our commitment to elevating the standards and reputation of the independent garage sector in the UK. We encourage all Independent Garages and Remote Service Suppliers to seize this opportunity and join us on this transformative journey.”

SERMI scheme ‘should be embraced’

In a Q&A published on the IGA website, James stated that garages signing up to the scheme would pay £25 a month for a five-year contract or licence, which would cover the business owner and one of their technicians. Each additional technician can be enrolled for £75 for the full five-year period. 

Direct debits related to the SERMI scheme will not start until the scheme goes live in October.

The IGA will oversee the UK scheme on a not-for-profit basis and will make sure that access is affordable for all garage businesses. Those signing up will have access to SERMI to the same level as those working in the European Union, using the same framework as the EU SERMI scheme.

In the UK, obtaining a SERMI certificate involves applying to RMI Standards & Certification, where applicants will undergo stringent integrity checks in alignment with the SERMI scheme’s guidelines. Essential documents, including a basic DBS check for the business owner and at least one technician, form part of the process.

The IGA encourages the independent sector to embrace the upcoming opportunity of the SERMI scheme. By doing so, independent garages will be well-equipped to meet the ever-increasing demands of modern vehicle maintenance, ensuring their businesses thrive in the rapidly evolving automotive landscape.

For more information about SERMI, please follow this link.

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