What is an Electrical Installation Condition Report, and what is involved?

What is the point of an EICR?

EICR testing exists to ensure the safety, reliability, and efficiency of an electrical installation. Electrical installations deteriorate as they age, resulting in an increased risk of potentially dangerous hazards. If there has been damaged before and it has been poorly repaired, or DIY repaired by someone with no electrical training, it can also pose a considerable risk. The EICR exists to ensure that all electrical installations are safe, reliable and as efficient in operation as possible.

What happens during an EICR?

During the report, the approved electrician will thoroughly examine all aspects of the installation as per the IEE Wiring Regulations. This is the national safety standard for electrical installations and currently contains around 850 individual regulations, as amended.

Some examples of common tests and checks carried out are:

  • Presence of adequate earthing and bonding
  • Suitability of both control and switchgear
  • Ongoing serviceability of important equipment and fittings
  • Establishing age of wiring system present
  • Presence of proper notices, warnings, and identifiers
  • Extent of any wear, damage, or deterioration

Resulting in their detailed checks, the contractor will provide you with an EICR – Electrical Condition Installation Report. This should be retained and kept safe for your records.

How often do you need an EICR report?

As per current legal changes, your letting property will need a valid EICR by April 2021, if it doesn’t have one already. If it does have an existing EICR, it should tell you clearly on a notice on your fuse board when your next inspection is due. Generally for domestic installations in good condition, an EICR is recommended at least once every ten years.

If you’re a landlord looking to make sure the property you’re letting is completely safe and compliant with legal requirements, contact National Safety Inspections to arrange a comprehensive EICR today.