The EICR Testing Procedure

The eicr testing procedure is a crucial part of being a property owner. It helps keep tenants safe and allows for planned maintenance on the electrical wiring in your building. It’s also a legal requirement for landlords and property owners to have these tests conducted in their buildings.

During the eicr test, the engineer will disconnect all power to the electrical installation and then check it based on standards set by the IET’s Wiring Regulations. This includes a visual inspection, operating time tests (which measures how long it takes an RCD to trip), and more. The results of the eicr test will be presented in a report that contains information such as the type and location of the circuit tested, its condition, and whether it complies with the regulations or not.

Some factors that may cause the eicr testing to be deemed unsatisfactory include:

It’s important that you have any remedial work carried out after your eicr test, in order to ensure your electrical installation is considered safe for continued use. The cost of this will depend on what needs repairing, for example replacing a socket may be less expensive than rewiring it. Remedial work should be completed by a registered electrician who is familiar with the latest version of the IET’s Wiring Regulations. You can find a list of qualified electrical engineers by using the NRLA’s search tool. You can also ask for a copy of the EICR report from your electrician to see what it says.