National Auto Body Repair Grading Programme

  • 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 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.


Posted on Jul 27, 2023 by Panel Beater Directory

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