CIECA announces its ‘next generation’ of Collision Industry Standards

CIECA API Standards (CAPIS) will supplement BMS.

SANFORD, N.C. — Feb. 4, 2021 — The CIECA Board of Trustees recently approved an initiative to begin developing its next generation of CIECA standards.

The new CIECA API Standards (CAPIS) are JSON-based standards, using the OpenAPI framework. They will supplement the existing XML-based Business Message Suite (BMS) Standards and provide the collision industry with a new set of tools for integration.

CIECA will host a special CIECAST webinar on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. CST: “The Next Generation of CIECA Standards.”

During the one-hour live broadcast, presenters will provide an overview of the standards and how they will affect all segments of the industry. They include Paul Barry, CIECA’s executive director; Paulette Reed, CIECA’s technical project manager; and Andy Bober, a software engineer at Entegral and a member of CIECA’s Architecture Committee.

“Over the years, CIECA has evolved to become the recognized standards body for the collision industry and is continuously monitoring the market to find ways to meet the needs of members,” Barry said. “We’re excited that the CIECA API Standards will be the next step in the evolution of collision industry data standards and leverage contemporary technologies.”

Barry said it is a significant undertaking and will be a central focus for CIECA in 2021 and beyond.

“Many companies already use the JSON language for software development,” said Reed. “Our goal is to have the tools and standards necessary to support industry members regardless of which technology they prefer.”

Reed said the CIECA Architecture Committee is already hard at work setting the foundation for the new CIECA API Standards initiative.

“It’s a great time to be working with OpenAPI to create API specifications,” said Bober. “OpenAPI v3.1 adopts the full JSON Schema specification, enabling better understanding, reuse, and validation of API payloads for CIECA members and the industry.”

The organization will be looking for volunteers to join various committees to develop the new chapter of CIECA standards.

For more information, visit or contact Paulette Reed:


CIECA (Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association) develops electronic standards, codes and standard messages and provides implementation guides to make the industry more efficient. All standards are developed by members. CIECA membership is open to the collision industry and related segments: repairers, insurers, OEMs, parts and material suppliers, information and software providers, car rental companies, towing companies, salvage and recycled parts providers, auto glass replacement facilities, subrogation providers, and general service providers. CIECA’s goals are to deliver benefits to all participants through reduced development and support costs, lower cost of implementation, reduced barrier to entry and faster development times. 

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