Any Fixed Wire Testing Report (also known as EICR) will include an 'Observations' section, sometimes referred to as remedial actions.

The NICEIC format for reporting observations and recommendations is as follows:

Where observations are made the inspector will have entered one of the following codes against each observation to indicate the action (if any) recommended:

  • C1 - 'Danger present. Risk of injury. Immediate remedial action required.'
  • C2 - 'Potentially dangerous – urgent remedial action required.'
  • C3 - 'Improvement recommended.'
  • FI - 'Further investigation required without delay.'

You will need to address C1, C2 and FI faults on your report in order to achieve compliance. However it's always good practice and usually well worthwhile considering rectifying all faults on site. Remember you aren't obliged to use the same electrical contractor to test and to carry out repairs, so for greater peace of mind you can use someone else to fix the defects. Also bear in mind that you don't need to have the whole installation re-tested after the repairs have been completed.

Once faults have been rectified and your electrician has issued you with the relevant paperwork, Electrical Installation Certificate (EIC) or Minor Works Certificate (MW) these should be kept together with the EICR to prove all faults have been rectified in accordance with BS7671.

Learn more about Fixed Wire Test Reports and understanding observation codes.

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