Role of the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU)
In addition to the Health and Safety Authority, the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) (formerly the Commission for Energy Regulation)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 CRU’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 CRU is allowed designate bodies to carry out it’s function to monitor contractors.
The Commission has now concluded the designation process and has appointed the Register of Electrical Contractors of Ireland (RECI) to carry out the function of regulating electrical contractors on its behalf. The designated body is required to carry out this function for seven years (from January 1st 2016) and will be subject to ongoing audit and inspection to verify compliance with the requirements of the legislation.