Inspection & Testing

An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), is an inspection and test that is carried out to ascertain the electrical tester setcondition of an existing electrical installation, to identify any discrepancies against the current version of BS7671 Requirements for Electrical Installations (IEE Wiring Regulations).
Another reason to have an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) carried out is that, every electrical installation deteriorates with use and age. It is important for the person responsible for the maintenance of the installation to be sure that the safety of users is not put at risk, and that the installation continues to be in a safe and serviceable condition.
As a member of NAPIT CKW Electrical are regularly inspected and hold full insurance for conducting EICR's.


An Electrical Installation Condition Report will:


Tests are also carried out on wiring and associated fixed electrical equipment to check that it is safe.


It is recommended that all electrical installations have their circuits inspected and tested on a regular basis.

  • Every 10 years or change of occupancy, for domestic properties.
  • Every 5 years for commercial installation. Or Domestic rental properties.
  • Every 3 years for caravans
  • Every 1 year for swimming pools


What happens during an Electrical Installation Condition Report?


CKW Electrical will check the electrical installation against the requirements of BS7671 - Requirements for Electrical Installations ( IEE Wiring Regulations) - as amended, which is the national safety standard for electrical installations.
The Electrical Installation Condition Report will take into account all relevant circumstances including the following factors:

  1. adequacy of earthing and bonding
  2. suitability of the switchgear and control gear e.g. consumer unit e.g. an old fuse box with a wooden back, cast iron switches, a haphazard mixture of such equipment is likely to need replacing
  3. Serviceability of equipment e.g. switches, socket-outlets and light fittings e.g. older round pin sockets, round light switches and braided flex hanging from ceiling roses to light fittings, black switches, sockets mounted in skirting boards may require replacing.
  4. type of wiring system and its condition e.g. cables coated in black- rubber, black-rubber was phased out in the 1960s or cables coated in lead or fabric are even older and may need replacing (modern cables use pvc insulation)
  5. provision of residual current devices (RCD's) for all circuits
  6. presence of adequate identification and notices
  7. extent of any wear and tear, damage or other deterioration
  8. changes in use of the premises which have led to, or might lead to, deficiencies in the installation.


CKW Electrical will provide an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) as part of the inspection.
an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is a formal method of recording the findings of the inspection; it covers at least seven pages for domestic installations and more pages for larger installations.
The main purpose of a EICR is to report on the safety condition of an existing installation.
Box 7 on page 1 should describe the overall condition as either 'satisfactory', in which case no immediate remedial work is required, or 'unsatisfactory' which means remedial work is required to make the installation safe to use.
Where a EICR describes the installation as 'unsatisfactory', the next thing to look at is Box 8 on page 2 Observations and Recommendations.
This is where any departures from BS 7671 are recorded, and a code to indicate the urgency of the action needed to rectify.


Once the necessary remedial work has been completed, an appropriate certificate should be issued to confirm that the remedial work has been carried out in accordance with BS 7671. CKW Electrical's electrician will give you a summary of the report, which will give a clear indication of the condition of the electrical installation, taking into account all relevant circumstances.