Periodic Inspection and Testing

Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) 

Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and age. It is important to be sure that the safety of users is not put at risk, and that the installation continues to be in a safe and serviceable condition. It is recommended in BS7671 as amended (Regulation 135.1) that every electrical installation is subjected to periodic inspection and testing. 

Regulation 4(2) of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 requires that:

As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such danger. 

Electrical Installation Condition Reports are the replacement for the Periodic Inspection and Testing reports on the fixed wiring aspect of an electrical installation.  

Purpose of periodic inspection, testing and reporting… 

  • Safety of persons and livestock against the effects of electric shock and burns
  • Protection against damage to property by fire and heat arising from an installation defect
  • Confirmation that an installation is not damaged or deteriorated so as to impair safety.
  • Identification of non-compliances with the current edition of BS7671, or installation defects, which may give rise to danger.

Who needs an EICR?
(Every property should have its electrical installation tested periodically) 

  • Commercial Buildings
  • Industrial Buildings
  • Residential Properties
  • Landlords (Commercial and Private)
  • Landlord’s Agents
  • Letting Agents
  • Property Managers

Do I need an EICR?

Periodic inspection and testing should be considered in the following circumstances:

  • To assess compliance with BS7671
  • A change of occupancy of the premises (Tenancy or ownership)
  • A change of use of the premises
  • After additions or alterations to the original installation
  • Flood or Fire Damage
  • Buying or selling a property
  • Periodically (Re-certification date at the discretion of the testing electrician subject to condition, nature of use, etc.)
  • Re-certification - the end of the period recommended in a previous electrical certificate.

What SEC will do for you: 

  • Inspect and test the fixed wiring of the installation
  • Reveal if electrical circuits are being overloaded
  • Find potential hazards within the electrical installation
  • Identify defective DIY work
  • Highlight any lack of earth conductor or earth bonding
  • Check fuse or circuit breaker ratings
  • Test any RCD's to make sure they trip under fault conditions.

SEC will establish the overall condition of all the electric installation and tell you whether it is satisfactory for continued use as well as detail any work that might need to be done. This remedial work will be graded upon importance.

The procedures test an electrical installation in a building from the main incoming electrical intake equipment all the way through to the final circuits that could include lighting, power and appliances. 

On completion of a Condition report, you’ll be provided with:

  • Electrical Installation Condition Report
  • Schedule of Inspections
  • Schedule of Test results

A schedule of circuits will also be provided, which is invaluable for a property regardless of size.