The Amended BS7671 and new Electrical Installation Condition Report

by Steve on March 15, 2011

The new (green) edition of BS7671 IEE Wiring Regulations is available from July 2011 and will come fully into effect on 1 January 2012.

eNewsletter Subscribers can download the ECA Amendment 1 Summary pdf from the Electrician’s Resources Archive by using the ERA link at top of page. (Subscribe for free using the Opt-in form on the right).

The new EICR

One of the most significant changes to BS7671 will be the introduction of the new ‘Electrical Installation Condition Report’ or EICR, which will replace the current Periodic Inspection Report.

Here is  general outline of main points of the new Electrical Installation Condition Report:

The main changes
1  Re-naming as a ‘Condition’ report.
2  New report schedules
3  New Observation Codes

New re-designed Forms and Schedules
Two columns for recording results.
Schedules for different types of installation ie. Single cu, Multiple dist boards and Sub-main circuits.

The schedules include lists of items to be checked including regs numbers.

Model Forms will be included in Appendix 6 of BS7671 as they are now.

The 3 new Observation Codes
Changes to the Observation Codes to help make reporting more consistent between inspectors and making priorities clearer. 
There will now be 3 codes instead of 4.

Old PIR Code 1- Requires Urgent Attention changes to Code C1- Danger Present

Old PIR Code 2- Requires Improvement changes to Code C2- Potentially Dangerous

Old PIR Code 3- Requires further investigation changes to Code C3- Improvement Recommended

The existing PIR Code 4 ‘Does not comply with BS 7671:2008’ will no longer be used.

There is also a revised Guidance Notes for Recipients.

You can check out some new fillable versions of the EICR forms and schedules courtesy of Tester Steve from the ElectriciansForums.  I have also put this link in the ERA.

More about the changes at Amendment 1 of BS7671 17th Edition Wiring Regulations.


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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

kirsten johnson November 11, 2014 at 13:18

Great article, Steve. Thanks for the info, it’s easy to understand. BTW, if anyone needs to fill out a BS7671 Form,I found a blank form here: http://goo.gl/nvUkgE

Alan Nicolson March 31, 2012 at 20:49

I find the new coding difficult to apply to older installations

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