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NICEIC & ELECSA opt out of Third Party Inspector scheme over safety fears

NICEIC and ELECSA will not be operating a Third Party Inspection scheme amid fears that it will undermine registered electricians.

Last month the DCLG announced amendments to the Building Regulations which set out the introduction of third party certification schemes for electrical work in homes. The scheme will form part of the amended regulations from April 6.

However NICEIC and ELECSA believe the final scheme announced by the DCLG falls short of the standards and safeguards that will enhance electrical safety and are workable for the trade. They have therefore decided not to operate a scheme.

Under the review of Part P in 2011, third party inspectors were put forward as a way for DIY’ers and those not registered with a competent persons scheme to have their work checked and certified. The inspectors will be registered on a scheme and assessed to certain criteria, but the scheme will not be officially accredited.

Electrical contractors have also expressed their concern as regards who is ultimately responsible for an installation that has been checked by them but wasn’t installed by them, especially if there is anything wrong with it.

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