Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is an integral part of health and safety policies in the workplace. The 1999 Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations act states that for an appliance to be tested, it must be done so by a qualified person using calibrated Portable Appliance Testing Equipment.

The Electricity at Work Regulations hold employers responsible for the well being of their staff by ensuring that employers take reasonable measures to ensure electrical equipment is safe. Regular period inspection and testing therefore must take place to maintain the safety of employees.

RCE do carry out PAT and issue certification. This is in agreement with the IEE Code of Practice and Electricity at Work Act.