Calibration Highlighted in UK Insurance Requirements

Thatcham Research (Thatcham), a not for profit insurer-funded research center, recently published its UK Insurance Industry Requirements (IIR), which, according to the research center, promotes safe repairs for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) equipped vehicles. There is also a specific guidance on calibration.

According to the IIR, all calibration activities should be completed by competent persons and should record the following information:

  • The name and address of the repairer;
  • The name and address of the third party contracted to complete the calibration if outsourced;
  • Vehicle registration;
  • Vehicle identification number (VIN);
  • The date of the calibration;
  • The competent person’s recordable proof of competence;
  • The equipment used to calibrate the vehicle systems; and
  • The creation and maintenance of auditable and verifiable evidence of the calibration result.

The correct procedures for the safe repair of vehicles with ADAS, and in what scenarios calibration of the systems themselves is required, has been a long-standing challenge to the automotive repair industry,” said Richard Billyeald, Thatcham chief technical officer. “Sensor calibration requirements vary greatly from one vehicle to another. But no matter what model is being fixed, it’s essential that manufacturers’ technical specifications are met to reinstate ADAS features safely, without compromising performance.” 

According to Thatcham, it worked with windshield repair and replacement companies, vehicle manufacturers, insurers, equipment providers and repairers to establish the IIRs. It’s expected that insurers will “direct their repair network” to comply with IIR by no later than March 31, 2021, according to the research center.

The IIR confirms calibration, inspection, and realignment requirements must be considered in all situations where ADAS sensors and parts likely to affect the operation and functionality of ADAS sensors are involved in the repair.

In addition to calibration, Thatcham’s research includes sections on definitions, the process for managing repairs, repair planning, damage assessment and preparation, and considerations for the automotive industry.

To view the full list of requirements, click here.

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