6 July 2023

Effective date for mandatory SERMI certification postponed

Update: New implementation date for mandatory SERMI certification: April 1, 2024.

SERMI, the mandatory certification for independent car, body repair and motorhome companies working on software and components related to theft prevention, has postponed its effective date of 1 August 2023 until further notice. SERMI is expected to communicate a new effective date in the second half of 2023.

According to the European Commission's Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/1244, SERMI should have come into force in all EU member states from 1 August 2023. However, because not all member states have an accredited conformity assessment body in time, the SERMI Operations Group, in cooperation with the European Commission, has decided to do the following:

  • Implement the SERMI scheme in those EU member states that are ready, through a phased implementation. For Sweden, that date has been set at 1 October 2023.
  • Other countries will continue to use vehicle manufacturers' current brand-specific identification systems. The UK plans to use SERMI on a voluntary basis.