National Auto Body Repair Grading Programme
Panel Beaters Directory Article
- The implementation of the accepted minimum Industry Standard for Motor Body Repairers, as recognised by Industry - which includes Insurers and MBR’s - commenced on 1 July 2017
- It is applicable to ALL Motor Body Repairers, irrespective of which MBR Association a business choose to be affiliated to, or whether theh business has an OEM approval or not.
- This is an Industry Standard and not an Association Standard.
- This standard will be a requirement of ALL SAIA affiliated Insurers and MBRs going forward.
- Bureau Veritas (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd were appointed collectively as the auditors for this process, and the Standard is based on SAMBRA's Grading Criteria.
- The audit will be conducted every two years, the audit certificate will therefore be valid for two years, as opposed to the annual audits conducted up until now.
- The cost of the Bureau Veritas audit will be a minimum of R1,900.00 + VAT, excluding travelling costs. Members will be invoiced directly by Bureau Veritas.
- SAIA has sourced funds from the Insurance Industry to pay for the certification process for qualifying black-owned MBR’s of all Associations partaking in the MTSF [Motor Transformation and Sustainability Forum], subject to terms and conditions, and meeting the qualifying criteria:
- the MBR must be black-owned
- the MBR must have a gross annual turnover of R2 million or less
- the MBR must be part of at least one insurer panel
- the MBR must have been in operation for at least two years
- Why Bureau Veritas Vertitas Certifcation? They are recognized by more than 40 national and international accreditation bodies across the world. as well as the International Automotive Task Force to deliver ISO/TS 16949 certification.