EICR Certificate Fixed Wire Testing

EICR Certificate – Fixed Wire Testing

An EICR Certificate is an ‘Electrical Installation Condition Report’ that is provided on completion of an electrical inspection. An inspection and report s issued in accordance with the national standard for the safety of electrical installations, BS7671: 2018.

Over the years, an electric test has been commonly referred to as ‘Fixed Wire Testing’, but since 2021 when new regulations were brought in, a EICR Electrical Installation Condition Report is now the correct terminology to use.

McDevitt Electrical EICR Services

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When is an EICR Certificate required?

It is important to highlight it is the responsibility of the landlord, not the tenant, to arrange and obtain an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) from a competent person.

McDevitt Electricals - Authorised Electrical Installation Condition Inspections and Reports

At McDevitt Electrical our engineers are qualified to complete electrical inspections and authorised to issue a NICEIC Electrical Installation Condition Report. McDevitt Electrical Contractors provide EICR inspections and reports across a wide range of industries and building use types including:

EICR Inspection Certificate

What does an EICR Certificate Cover?

An EICR Certificate is issued following a electrical inspection which determines if an existing electrical installation is in a satisfactory condition for continued use.
An inspection is both visual and using testing equipment.

EICR Inspections include electrical items such as sockets, switches, light fittings, casings, circuits, distribution and fixed wiring. Tests look for signs of damage such cracks or overheating, insulation quality and include both dead and live electrical testing.

It is important to note an EICR certificate is not issued to certify or commission a new electrical installation. An EIC is issued for a new electrical installations, and minor works for existing installations which are altered.

What is an EICR Unsatisfactory?

If dangers are identified, they are recorded based on four classifications:

EICR Classification Code C1 (Danger Present)
Code C1 identifies there is an risk and the person responsible should take immediate action e.g. isolating and switching off the electrical supply. Immediate remedial action is required.

EICR Classification Code C2 (Potentially Dangerous)
Code C2 highlights whilst there may be no immediate risk the electrical installation operative, there is an urgent remedial works requirement to remove any potential dangers.

EICR Classification Code C3 (Improvement recommended)
A Code C3 identifies there is a non-compliance of a safety standard and remedial work should be carried out to significantly improve the electrical installation.

EICR Code FI (Further investigation required without delay)
There may be situations whereby the inspector is limited to access or unable to identify an outcome, thereby leading to reasonable doubt, indicating there is a potential danger. In these circumstances ‘FI’ (further investigation) would be reported and required without delay.

Do I have to have a new EICR inspection after an unsatisfactory?

No you do not need to have a full EICR inspection if elements are recorded as unsatisfactory on the original inspection.

McDevitts Electrical can provide remedial works within the required strict time frames and provide written confirmation of works undertaken. You must then provide this evidence to your tenants and local authority.

What are the penalties for Non-Compliance?

Non-compliance can lead to fines of up to £30,000 and may also invalidate your insurance if EICR requirements are stipulated in your policy.

More information
You can read more about EICR inspections and reports on the Government website here

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