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Electrical Inspection Condition Reports (EICR’s) were previously called Periodic Testing Reports. An EICR is a comprehensive inspection of the electrical installation at your business or home. It is also known as Fixed Wire Testing.

Businesses and landlords are required by law to conduct regular electrical testing on their premises. Householders are not, but an electrical condition report is usually required as part of the house buying and selling process, and at a minimum should be undertaken at least once every ten years. It is also good practice to regularly check the safety of the electrical system in your home, as you would do with your heating system.

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EICR’s

Electrical Inspection Condition Reports (EICR’s) were previously called Periodic Testing Reports. An EICR is a comprehensive inspection of the electrical installation at your business or home. It is also known as Fixed Wire Testing.

Businesses and landlords are required by law to conduct regular electrical testing on their premises. Householders are not, but an electrical condition report is usually required as part of the house buying and selling process, and at a minimum should be undertaken at least once every ten years. It is also good practice to regularly check the safety of the electrical system in your home, as you would do with your heating system.

 

Electrical Testing Frequency

The recommended frequency of Fixed Wire Testing varies between 1 and 5 years depending upon the business type, so how often do you need to test your workplace?

EICR Fixed Wire Testing checks that your electrical installations or circuits conform to the latest wiring regulations, to ensure you are compliant with relevant workplace safety legislation.

The frequency of testing is specified in the latest version of the IET Wiring Regulations (currently BS7671:2018) and is determined by;

  • The type of installation
  • How often it is used
  • The external influences or environment to which the electrical installation is exposed.

For many commercial businesses, an EICR will be required at the lowest frequency interval – every 5 Years. However, higher risk environments will require 3 Yearly or even more frequent testing.

It should be noted that all stated periods are maximum intervals. Deterioration of the installation may indicate a need to reduce the interval between testing.

If you would like any further information on EICR’s, or would like a quotation to have one carried out, please complete the form below. 

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What is an EICR?

The Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) advises that electrical installations are periodically inspected, tested, and certified. An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is an inspection of the condition of an existing electrical installation for defects. An EICR is a series of tests which ensure the electrical installation complies with national safety standards as required by the BS7671 Wiring Regulations. This ensures the continued safety of existing electrical installations.

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How often is an EICR required?

  • Every 10 years for households or domestic dwellings
  • 5 years for offices, hospitals, schools, leisure centres and retail
  • 3 years for factories and industrial installations
  • 5 years for rented accommodation (or change of occupancy)
  • 1 year for special locations such as swimming pools & petrol stations
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Why do I need an EICR?

An Electrical Installation Condition report is essential to:

  • Identify dangerous faults.
  • Discover electrical circuits or equipment that is overloaded.
  • Find potential fire hazards and potential electrical shock risks.
  • Identify defective electrical work undertaken previously
  • Discover any missing earthing or bonding.
  • Produce a circuit schedule
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What is an Electrical Installation Certificate?

The requirements of the BS 7671 IEE Wiring Regulations mean that all completed electrical installations must be inspected for compliance and tested using the correct test equipment before certification and updating of documentation.

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