Electrical Installation Condition Report
What is the Electrical Installation Condition Report?
It is a document used in reporting on the condition of an existing electrical installation.
Reporting is based on the process called Periodic Inspection and Testing. 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.
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 new observation codes:
Code C1 - Danger Present (Old PIR Code 1- Requires Urgent Attention)
Code C2 - Potentially Dangerous (Old PIR Code 2- Requires Improvement)
Code C3 - Improvement Recommended (Old PIR Code 3- Requires further investigation)
The old PIR Code 4 "Does not comply with BS 7671:2008" is no longer in use.
Free, downloadable Electrical Installation Condition Report form
The IEE provides free model forms for certification on its website. These forms are in accordance with the BS 7671 requirements, but they might not be visually impressive.
There are many companies offering dedicated software packages for this purpose but they can be very expensive.
In order to support the electrical community we are providing blank electrical forms that can be filled on your PC or can be printed and filled in by hand. To do this you will need Open Office which is free alternative to MS Office.
This package contains a blank form, suitable for printing out and filling in by hand or on the computer.
We also offer you a simple yet completely appropriate model form, which can be opened with Acrobat Reader, printed out and filled in by hand. The form comes in a standard PDF format and it is free. You can download the PDF form from here.