The new Electrotechnical Assessment Specification (EAS) was released last month. It’s intended to be used by bodies that certify and register anyone carrying out electrical installation and inspections. It is part of work to improve electrical safety and competence to meet the requirements of the Building Regulations. It will come into effect in September 2020, but it can be used voluntarily from now on. 
The new EAS introduces minimum technical competence standards required for anyone carrying out periodic electrical inspection and testing. It describes: 
the minimum requirements for contractors to be recognised as competent to complete electrotechnical and electrical installation work in homes to the standards in Part P of the Building Regulations in England & Wales 
requirements for compliance with the Scottish building standards 
the requirements for competent registered Qualified Supervisors and electrical inspectors 
the general requirements for bodies providing product certification (including process and service) who operate schemes to meet International Organisation of Standardisation (ISO) specifications. 
The release is well timed, with the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations now on their way through Parliament to make sure that all privately rented properties meet minimum electrical safety standards. 
The new Regulations are due to take effect for new tenancies from 1 July 2020, and for any existing tenancies from 1 April 2021. Private landlords will then be required to make sure that all their properties receive electrical inspection and testing, carried out by a qualified person, at least every five years. 
The National Association for Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) has been campaigning for years for minimum standards of competence in the electrical sector. It is one of the leading Government approved scheme operators in the building services sector and has welcomed the announcement of these standards of competence of people carrying out electrical work. 
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