Fixed Wire Testing (EICR) - F.A.Q

Is an EICR a Legal Requirement?

​​​​While there isn’t any legislation that specifically says homeowners, businesses or landlords should have an EICR certificate, laws such as the Landlord and Tenants Act (1985) and Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) outline the responsibilities that landlords and employers have with regards to the safety of tenants and employees respectively. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 also require that precautions are taken against the risk of injury sustained from electricity used in work activities.

How long since your last EICR?

The recommended testing frequencies are listed below.

Commercial Premises:- Every 5 Years an EICR will need to be carried out
Educational Premises:- Every 5 Years an EICR will need to be carried out
Landlord Properties:- Every 5 Years or a change of Tenants an EICR will need to be carried out
Industrial Premises:- Varies dependent on the nature of the business

What does it involve?

An EICR will check to see if your property’s electrics have any faults that cannot be identified through a visual check. A number of faults may occur, such as electrical circuits being overloaded or overheating during use, cable degradation over time. If any electrical circuit is not properly installed – for example, without earthing or bonding to safely secure the electrics – it may potentially cause a fire or shock hazard. EICR testing will identify any defective electrical work within the system.
A visual check can also be performed to give you a quick analysis of how safe your property is. This will look for broken sockets and light switches, damaged cables and scorching / burn marks as a result of overloading the power outlet.
After the test has been completed, our test engineers will produce a certificate for you. This will be in a Digital and paper versions so you will always have a hard copy for reference.This will detail any damages, deterioration, defects or other dangerous conditions. Due to the Wiring regulations BS7671 constantly evolving we will highlight any safety standards and things that might put people at risk.