Pursuant to the enactment of the Energy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill in 2006, the CER was given the statutory authority to "regulate the activities of electrical contractors with respect to safety". In order to carry out the day to day operation of the scheme, the CER proposed to appoint a party/parties to act as an electrical Safety Supervisory Body.
Following the completion of a formal designation process, both the Electrical Contractors Safety & Standards Association Ireland Ltd (ECSSAI Ltd) and the Registered Electrical Contractors of Ireland Ltd (RECI Ltd) were appointed in 2008, as electrical Safety Supervisory Bodies by the CER.
Both Safety Supervisory Bodies are required to fulfil the safety function on behalf of the CER (on a not-for-profit basis) for a period of seven years, whilst the CER remains responsible for policy decisions regarding electrical safety. The operation of the statutory regulatory framework for electrical safety by the CER commenced on the 5th of January 2009, replacing the self-regulatory model operated previously by both RECI and ECSSA (now ECSSAI).
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