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PAT vs EICR: Which Electrical Testing Do You Need?

by Naomi Wells, Compliance Assistant

While both are electrical testing, which one do you need? In this article, we will run through the main difference between each test.  

Portable Appliance Testing - From The Socket Onwards

While its official name has changed to Electrical Equipment Testing, we’ll be referring to it as the more commonly used last name, PAT. PAT covers portable electrical appliances, such as kettles, power cables, tower PCs and monitors. In short, it’s everything from the socket onwards. Many issues with safety defects can be found on a visual inspection, but some can only be found during thorough annual inspections.

Electrical Inspection Condition Report - The Electrical MOT

Think of an EICR as an MOT for your electrical installations. Wires, meters, isolators, and lighting might not be something you think about wearing down, but time and use take their toll on everything. EICRs ensure these systems are in good condition and in line with the Electricity at Work Act (1989), keeping things safe for use (and your insurers happy).

What’s the difference? Which do you need?

In short, an EICR covers the electrical system in your building up to the socket, and a PAT covers everything after the socket. 

Both are incredibly valuable services for ensuring that your premises are safe and that your insurance will fully cover you if something goes wrong.

Don't wait until it's too late. Schedule a PAT or EICR test today to ensure your building's electrical systems are safe and compliant.

How do I book or find out more information?
For more information or a no-obligation quote, call Stallard Kane’s Compliance Team on 01427 420 404 or email


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