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Freq. Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance:
In this page the questions are mapped so stakeholders can see if this question primarily relates to them.
The used abbreviations are explained underneath:
CAB: Conformity Assessment Body
NAB: National Accreditation Body
IO: Independent Operators
VM: Vehicle Manufacturer

At this moment SERMI isn’t operational yet and the legal due date for the SERMI scheme to go live is August 2023. This implies that at this moment there is no possibility to request a SERMI-certificate via the SERMI-organisation. Currently access to Security related Repair and Maintenance Information is being handled by each vehicle manufacturer themselves. If you desire to gain access to the security related (anti-theft) information of a vehicle manufacturer, the vehicle manufacturer themselves will supply you with the required information and procedure to get access to this information.

All brands (vehicle types M, N and/or O) that are sold in the EU are obliged to follow this EU-Regulation (no EU-2018/858). Currently the VMs have their own brand-specific certificate and assessment to grant access to Anti-theft RMI. The aforementioned Regulation will be legally compulsory as of August 1, 2023.

It’s an EU Regulation which means that all brands are legally obliged to comply with this Regulation in order to be able to sell vehicles in the EU. SERMI only covers access to Anti-theft RMI all other RMI data should be available without a specific certificate as described in the EU regulation no EU-2018/858.

We are trying to finalise the SERMI Scheme as soon as possible. Once completed the European Accreditation association (EA) will validate the SERMI scheme. The overall timeline has been set and discussed with EA and is based on their experience gained with similar schemes which were established in the past.

The information will be requested by the IO and IO employee and will only be shared with the CAB. will The CAB will perform the assessment and they are not allowed to share this information with any other organization (including the Trust Center, SERMI association and the Vehicle Manufacturer).

The employee must be able to share a clean criminal record for requesting the certificate. The conditions are set by the individual Member State themselves (National legal system).

A CAB needs to have an accreditation by the NAB in the applicable country, even if they want to become active in a second country. We assume it will be easier to obtain an accreditation for a second country if you already have an accreditation in another country.

The validity of the certificate is 60 months and there must be one unannounced on-site inspection during this period and one approx. 6 months prior to the prolongation. The CAB should further follow the guidelines set in the ISO 17020:2012 – Type A.

I In order to keep the scheme as simple and efficient as possible the aim is to try and appoint just one single TC for the whole of Europe. If necessary or deemed beneficial SERMI may appoint more than one TC in the future.

No, there is no need for setting up a national SERMI organisation. According to the EU-Regulation (no EU-2018/858) there is only one SERMI organisation. What would be a possibility is to start a SERMI-communication program with different national stakeholders (NAB, CAB and IO) to inform them about the upcoming SERMI requirements. We could help you with providing you information regarding the SERMI scheme, timelines and latest information on SERMI-developments upon request.

The two major components are:
1. The work carried by the CAB relating to the accreditation of the IO and IO employee, including paper inspections, and on-site inspections.
2. The cost relating to the TC operations who are responsible for issuing the electronic certificate and the provision of the IT infrastructure
Note: Currently VMs do operate different certificate schemes for which they do charge a fee to the IOs. However, from August 2023 all of these different schemes will be replaced by the SERMI scheme.

There will be only one universal certificate for the IO that will be accepted by all brands. This universal certificate will allow the accredited IO employee to access the Security related Repair and Maintenance Information (RMI) in the portal of the vehicle manufacturer. Access to the RMI of the VM for non-Security related RMI will not change.

In case of accreditation by the CAB, this is up to the CAB themselves, if all the requirements of SERMI are fulfilled this could be a possibility. Regarding the certificate, it’s not possible to use other/existing certificates for SERMI at this moment.

All parts that are linked to anti-theft are included e.g.: software updates (if it includes programming linked to keys/locks) and online ordering of anti-theft parts directly via the VM.

All VMs have to comply with the official statement from the Regulation:
“ ’Security-related repair and maintenance information' or 'security-related RMI’ shall mean the information, software, functions and services required to repair and maintain the features that are included in a vehicle by the manufacturer to prevent the vehicle from being stolen or driven away and to enable the vehicle to be tracked and recovered.”

(SERMI scheme, 3.1.7: “…They shall design these features in such a manner that it does not render ineffective the right of independent operators to access repair and maintenance information for features that are not security-related”).

There will be an explanatory notice available for most use cases. But not all anti-theft elements can be isolated from others e.g., combined ECUs in this case the VM will have to secure the complete ECU. The legislation does not explicitly require manufacturers to separate security related elements completely and systematically from other elements of the vehicle.

Yes, this is not a part related to Security related RMI.

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