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Thursday, 03 January 2019 23:57

CIECA Standards Development Committee Is Formed With PIRC


In December, CIECA announced the formation of a new Standards Development Committee with the Property Insurance & Restoration Conference (PIRC), a forum for discussions between property insurance and restoration industry stakeholders.


The PIRC-CIECA Data Standards & Accessibility Committee was formed to address issues within the property restoration and related industries as it applies to data exchange and accessibility. A committee update was given during the PIRC meeting on Nov. 13--14 in Atlanta, GA. For the latest information about the initiative, go to


“Given CIECA’s expertise in developing data standards for automotive claims systems and the existing membership of the leading property & casualty (P&C) insurance companies, the organization is uniquely positioned to serve the property claims and restoration segment,” said Clint Marlow, chairman of CIECA. “As a result, CIECA is eager to assist PIRC and its member organizations on this initiative.”


“The goal is to develop and maintain messaging standards and codes aimed at seamlessly exchanging information related to loss data and eliminate any need for rekeying,” said Fred Iantorno, CIECA’s executive director. “The joint committee focuses on standardizing how data is exchanged and ensuring that ecosystem constituents maintain secure access to this data.”


“Today, a main focus for PIRC is the cycle time and efficiencies for returning properties to a pre-loss state after damage,” said Jordan Hendler, PIRC organizer. “Rekeying currently takes a significant amount of time, and much of that can be shortened if the gaps experienced in the reporting steps can be reduced with automatic electronic communication. Think of automated notifications to customers without manual interference, as one example. Our emphasis is on gaining those efficiencies for all parties.”


When implemented, Charley Quirt, CIECA’s project manager, said it will enable data to reach the correct insurance company and property contractors/subcontractors more quickly, reduce cycle time and improve overall customer experience.


“Standards will benefit insurers, property restoration companies and property owners in expediting the property restoration process,” said Quirt.


The first objective of the committee is to develop a single focus of its scope, objectives and goals. All business needs will be identified to enable the electronic messages to move readily between parties.

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