The National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) is an independent, charitable body that offers a voluntary regulatory service covering the UK. The NICEIC was created to ensure that consumers are protected from “unsafe and unsound electrical work.”
The NICEIC is a non-profit organisation and not a trade association, and therefore does not work in favour of the electrical contractors but as an independent regulatory system.
In order to provide a source in which to find safe and reliable electrical contactors, the NICEIC holds a Roll of Approved Contractors that undergoes a yearly assessment. Their work is checked against the IEE Wiring Regulations BS 7671 as well as other standards.
The IEE is an international organisation providing services and solutions for electrical, electronics, manufacturing and IT professionals. Their major role in the electrical industry is their involvement in safety and standards. The IEE’s national committee, JPEL/64, updates building regulations for electrical installation with standard BS 7671:2001. As well as the standard itself, the IEE outlines guidance and codes of practice with which the NICEIC strives to comply.
The NICEIC itself is made up of representatives from 75 related associations, incorporating Public Electricity Distributors, the Institution of Electrical Engineers, the Institution of Incorporated Engineers, the Consumers' Association, the Electrical Contractors' Association and trade unions.
Choosing the NICEIC
It is not a requirement for an electrical contractor to be registered with the NICEIC. If your electrician is not registered, it does not mean that the work they do will be sub-standard. However, with an NICEIC electrical contractor you can be sure that the work you receive will be completed to full regulations as safely as possible. In the event of a complaint, the NICEIC also has a complaints service.
Around 12,500 fires a year occur from electrical faults. To avoid one occurring in your home, you can choose from the NICEIC’s Approved Contractors, who have proved their work, premises, staff and documentation to an independent regulatory body on an annual basis.
The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is a Government approved scheme for the accreditation of certification and inspection bodies.
The NICEIC Approved Contractor certification scheme has been assessed by UKAS, and meets the standard requirements of EN 45011, which is the European standard for the certification of products, processes and services.