The CRU has legislative responsibility for the regulation of electrical contractors and gas installers, with respect to Safety, in Ireland. The CRU fulfills this obligation through; the Safe Electric registration scheme for electrical contractors and the Registered Gas Installer (RGI) registration scheme for gas installers (jointly, ‘the schemes’). Legislation provides for the CRU to appoint a person(s) to be a designated body, for the purpose of carrying out the day-to-day regulation of electrical contractors and gas installers, i.e. the Electrical and/or Gas Safety Supervisory Body (jointly, ‘the SSBs’).
Currently, the Register of Electrical Contractors of Ireland (RECI) and the Register of Gas Installers of Ireland (RGII) operate the schemes on a day-to-day basis, as the SSBs, on behalf of the CRU. The current designation period, which commenced in 2016, is expiring at the end of 2022. In preparation for the upcoming designation, commencing in 2023, the CRU initiated the SSB Designation 2023 Project (‘the Project’) to facilitate, through a competitive procurement process, the appointment of the SSB(s) who will operate the schemes on behalf of the CRU from 2023.
As part of the Project, the CRU is also reviewing the existing arrangements in order to identify and make improvements, where possible. This is being carried out in two review stages:
- Review Stage 1 – this has, via stakeholder communication and engagement performed in 2021-2022, focused on a review and improvement of the economic model and its associated performance management framework, which has, in turn, resulted in contract updates; and
- Review Stage 2 – this will focus on a review of the operational and regulatory aspects of the schemes, as set out in the Criteria Documents, via a public consultation process that will be carried out in 2023.
As part of Review Stage 1, the CRU published 12 July 2022 an Information Paper that sets out the CRU’s decision on the economic model and the performance management framework under which the newly appointed SSB will operate from 2023. The Paper also sets out the CRU’s decision to appoint a single SSB to operate both schemes.
The competitive procurement process aforementioned was completed in recent months and it has concluded in the appointment of SGS Ireland Ltd as the SSB who will operate the Safe Electric and RGI schemes on behalf of the CRU from 2023. The CRU is making the announcement on 21-22 September 2022 via publication of a press release and a project update. The CRU is working closely with SGS Ireland Ltd and the incumbent SSBs over the coming weeks and months to ensure a smooth transfer of scheme services.
If you wish to be kept up to date as the Project progresses, please email the Project team at SSBDes23@cru.ie.