Electrical Installation Condition Report

The Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is a document used in reporting on the condition of an existing electrical installation. It must be done on regular basis in accordance with BS 7671. The EICR is replacing the old Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) which is not in use anymore.

The frequency of inspection

The frequency of periodic inspection and testing depends on factors such as:

  • The type of the electrical installation
  • Its use and operation
  • The frequency and quality of maintenance
  • External influences to which it is subjected.

BS 7671 provides a detailed table on recommended frequencies for periodic inspection and testing of electrical installations. For example, a domestic installation is recommended to be inspected and tested every 10 years or on change of occupancy. A typical commercial installation should be done in 5 years or on change of occupancy.

The Inspector conducting the EICR may require shorter test intervals
if the test results give him/her cause for concern.

To be valid the EICR must be accompanied by a:

  • The Schedule of Inspections
  • The Schedule of Test Results.
  • The original document must be given to the "person ordering the work"

And a copy should be kept by the electrician who completed the inspection
and testing process.

The observation codes are:

  • Code C1 - Danger present. Risk of injury. Immediate remedial action required
  • Code C2 - Potentially dangerous - urgent remedial action required
  • Code C3 - Improvement recommended

A Code C1 or Code C2 will not give an unsatisfactory conclusion to the report, which means in common terms, a fail.