The concept of a self-regulated industry has been gaining some traction in the last year. Regulations are set and controlled by governments, but they would rather not do all the work in verifying and enforcing compliance. Many models are available as templates or guides.
For the collision repair industry CCIAP (Canadian Collision Industry Accreditation Program) managed by the AIA nationally and the ARA in BC can serve as the nucleus for this self-regulation.
Regulation of the complex repairs now required for a safe vehicle is inevitable, with government safety agencies soon enough seeing the need for enforceable standards. If they see strong voluntary progress on the part of the industry, they will be far more likely to add credibility to that effort than to expend the energy and money to build their own regulatory system