EICR - Electrical Installation Condition Report
This article covers questions we are frequently asked about Electrical Installation Condition Reports. Previously know as Periodic Inspection Reports (PIR).

If you'd like to arrange an EICR or have a question that is not covered here please call us on 0131 315 0000
What is an EICR?

An Electrical Installation Condition Report or EICR for short (previously called a Periodic Inspection Report), is a safety check. It tests and checks that the electrical installation (the sockets, wiring, lights, switches and fuse board) in a property meet current regulations and standards.

The report will highlight where the electrical installation does not meet current standards and give a risk rating. Further work may then be needed to bring the electrics up to standard.

You may think that if your electrics work then all must be fine however electrical safety standards are improving all the time. What was cutting edge technology 25 years ago or even 10 years ago are often termed ‘legacy electrics’. In Edinburgh there are many properties with Legacy Electrics.

Why do I need to have an EICR?

In your privately owned home there is currently no legal requirement to carry out an EICR, although it is recommended to have an EICR done every 10 years.

If you are buying or have just moved into a property then an EICR is the best way to fully understand the condition of the electrics and what may need to be done to upgrade them and make them safer.

The Landlords and Tenant Act 1985 requires that landlords of properties with short leases keep the electrical wiring in repair and in proper working order. Since December 1st 2015 the minimum standard is that an electrical safety inspection is carried out every 5 years.

Who can carry out and EICR?

An EICR must be completed by a person who is either individually a member of a Government Accredited Registration Scheme or is employed by a firm that is a member of an accredited registration scheme.

In Scotland, this will usually mean that they are a registered with NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting), SELECT (The Electrical Contractors' Association of Scotland), or a member of the National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT).

It is not a statutory requirement that Electricians are registered with a government accredited scheme. There is a difference between a qualified and a certified electrician.

How much does an EICR cost?

The cost varies depending on the size of property. HomeForce Electricians charge from as little as £90 + VAT. For large family homes with, say, 6 bedrooms it is more likely to be around £300 + VAT

What an EICR is not

A “guarantee” that no electrical faults will occur in a property. The EICR is concerned chiefly with the safety of a property’s electrics.

A Portable Appliance Test (PAT). This is a check on movable appliances not on the installation itself.

Minor Works Certificate – this a document provided by your electrician when he completes minor work such as extending a ring circuit, putting an extra light in or re-siting the cooker control unit.

Completion Certificate – this document confirms that new building work done on your property complies with the approved building warrant and building regulations. If you have had a full electrical installation, then your Completion Certificate can only be executed by the Electrician who did the work. For a different electrician to sign off on the work would need to do an EICR. So don’t fall out with your electrician!

HomeForce are happy to help

To arrange for a HomeForce Edinburgh electrician to do an Electrical Installation Safety Check, call 0131 315 0000, complete the request a visit form on this website or email info@homeforcegroup.co.uk