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Fixed electrical installations, unfortunately, deteriorates over time meaning that regular testing and maintenance of the systems installed is vital to protect your building occupants.

Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) are used to determine if an installation is in safe, working condition meaning it is fit for continued use.

What is an EICR?

An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is an inspection on the condition of an existing installation designed to identify (in order of priority) any deficiencies against the national safety standard for electrical installations.

An EICR will:

  • Confirm if any of your electrical circuits or equipment is overloaded.
  • Locate potential electrical shock risks and fire hazards.
  • Identify any defective electrical work.
  • Highlight any lack of earthing or bonding.
  • Tests on wiring and associated fixed electrical equipment confirm if it is safe and compliant.

As part of the test, our engineer will review the following:

  • Visual inspection of the circuits, control gear, protective devices.
  • Electrical testing of the circuits to determine if the earth is correct.
  • Electrical testing to determine any insulation damaged.
  • Polarity testing of circuits and all other appropriate tests where applicable
  • Testing of the RCD's

Why Do I need an EICR?

EICR's are a legal requirement under The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.

All electrical systems deteriorate, whether due to age, damage, general wear and tear, overloading of electrical circuits or even corrosion. Therefore, completing an EICR not only ensures the system is working as required but also helps to keep occupants of the property safe. 

EICR's in Rented Properties:

From April 1st 2020, EICR will become a requirement for all rented properties (excluding a property where the Landlord shares the property with the tenant).

Prior to this the documentation itself hadn’t been a legal requirement, though many Landlords as best practice had these checks carried out as part of their legal requirement to provide a safe environment for their tenants.

The changes making an EICR a legal requirement come into effect from the 1st April 2020. There is a transition period to give landlords time to make sure they are compliant. Key dates include:

  • 1st July 2020 all new tenancies must have an EICR in place
  • 1st April 2021 all existing tenancies must have an EICR in place

If your property is found not to be compliant with these timescales a local authority can issue a fine of up to £30,000.

Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) Frequently Asked Questions FAQ's:

Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) section is designed to help you with your Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) queries, however, please feel free to contact us if you would like more detailed information or your question is not listed.

You will receive a full report in the form of a recognised DPM3 report (set NAPIT test sheet) for the EICR  test with recommendations and observations.

As part of English law, you are required to comply with the Health & Safety at Work Act. This covers the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations under BS 7671, which is based on the 18th Edition of the Electrical Wiring Regulations (IEE Wiring Regulations).

This takes the form of a percentage check of the electrical installation. The test is carried out by a qualified electrical engineer, who will systematically test and record all the electrical outlets, circuits and control equipment within the property, before compiling his detailed report.

This really depends on the size of the installation, It can be anything from a few hours to a few weeks.

During the quotation & booking processes, we will advise you of an estimated time on-site for your specific project.

Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) is the official name however we do often see them referred to as;

  • Fixed Wire Testing
  • Periodic Inspection & Testing
  • Electrical Testing
  • Hard Wire Testing
  • PIR Test

The information provided in the FAQ's section was correct at the time of writing. Although we always strive to keep this up to date, legislation/standards are frequently updated. This section should not be used as legal guidance and or reference.

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