Electrical Installation Condition Report- EICR advice from Elecsa

by Steve on December 2, 2011

ELECSA, one of the UK’s leading competent person schemes run by electricians for electricians, is urging contractors not to be concerned by rumours in the industry on the new reports and coding.

Under the existing arrangements for Periodic Inspection Reports (PIRs) a numbering system of one to four indicates the seriousness of any departures.  Now under amendment 1 of BS7671, the codes used for inspection and testing reports will have a letter’ ‘C’ (for code) in front of them.
Connor Flynn, lead assessor for Elecsa, says- “It may take a long time for contractors to start referring to the inspections by their new name, but for the outside world it can easily be argued that the wording is less ambiguous and more user-friendly”.

Periodic Inspection Reports may now have a new title, but ELECSA is arguing that it is far from RIP for PIRs despite delays to industry advice on the definitive coding that should be used.  Amendment 1 of the 17th Edition Wiring Regulations came into force on 1st July 2011 which has renamed Periodic Inspection Reports (PIRs) to Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICRs).

PIRs have long been the means to regularly check electrical installations for defective wiring, accessories or poor workmanship that does not comply with the standards and could impair safety.  The rationale behind changing the name to Electrical Installation Condition Reports is because it ‘does what it says on the tin’ by describing the series of inspections and tests carried out on existing electrical installations to establish their condition and confirm if they meet safety standards for continued  use.

These reports are also used by places of work to demonstrate compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.  The types of properties that typically fall within the EICR guidelines are properties owned by local authorities, private landlords or housing associations as well as commercial and industrial properties.  The typical guidelines on intervals between EICRs in a domestic property are on change of occupancy or every ten years.  For a commercial business it should be every five years, three years for caravans and every year for swimming pools.

EICRs should be carried out by competent electrical contractors who have experience of the installation under inspection.  The extent of the inspection and testing must be agreed with the person ordering the work, and any agreed limitations noted on the report given to the person ordering the work.

Senior industry representatives are looking at numerous examples of departures and their appropriate codes and this guidance will be issued shortly.

More info for electricians, the wiring regulations and EICRs from Elecsa.

More about the EICR.

Electrician’s Blog.co.uk

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

electrical installation condition repor November 7, 2012 at 05:33

Thank you for comment.An electronic fillable version of the BS 7671:2008 (2011) Amendment 1 forms is currently under development.

Editor March 27, 2012 at 18:08

Hi Rob, sounds like a good question to put to the forums:

Rob March 26, 2012 at 19:15


Just a quick question relating to filling out niceic test certs. Is a d.b deemed to be connected directly to the origin of an installation when supplied via an rccb. Am I right in thinking that if over current protection to any d.b is provided by the main distributors fuse then it is classed as been connected directly to the origin even if physically it isn’t.


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