Role of the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER)
In addition to the Health and Safety Authority, the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) has a key role in regulating the safety of all electrical installations. Unlike the H.S.A., the CER regulates installations in domestic as well as workplace environments.
Following the enactment of the Energy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006 in December 2006, the CER’s functions were expanded in a number of areas. Significantly, the 2006 Act assigns the Commission responsibility for the regulation of electrical contractors with respect to safety. In accordance with the 2006 Energy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, the CER is allowed designate bodies to carry out it’s function to monitor contractors.
The Commission has now concluded the designation process and has appointed both the Electrical Contractors Safety & Standards Association (ECSSA) and the Register of Electrical Contractors of Ireland (RECI) to carry out the function of regulating electrical contractors on its behalf. Both designated bodies are required to carry out this new function for seven years. Both designated bodies will be subject to ongoing audit and inspection to verify compliance with the requirements of the legislation.