A selection of electrical appliances you may find in an office such as computer, laptop, TV, printer that will need PAT Testing

PAT Testing in Seaham – Commercial, Domestic & Industrial

We specialise in helping our clients maintain safe electrical equipment through high quality Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) services. By working with us you will get everything you need to meet your Electrical Safety Obligations and comply with workplace regulations.

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PAT Testing Helps you to Protect your Business

By getting electrical equipment PAT tested regularly you’ll be taking important steps to ensure your electrical equipment is safe, and that you comply with your legal obligations to prevent accidents and fires; and if the worst does happen you have peace of mind that your PAT Testing Certificate Report includes everything you need.

Experienced, trading since 2009 we have over 1500 regular clients who we help to maintain safety standards without testing too often, thus saving money long term.

We don’t charge extra to supply replacement plugs and fuses, and there are no hidden costs. We are available 24/7, insured to £10million, hold enhanced DBS and the price we charge now is guaranteed not to rise for at least 3 years.

If you’re ready to arrange your equipment testing either contact us for a PAT Testing quote, book an appointment or if you need more information please check out our blogs or contact us and we’ll do our best to answer your query.

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No Price Rises for 3 years

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Welcome to DRA PAT Testing – Electrical Equipment Testing Experts

Proudly supporting Seaham businesses, DRA PAT Testing, established in Seaham in 2009 helps clients to maintain safe electrical equipment through preventative maintenance, inspection and testing (PAT tests).

We provide simple solutions, high standards and affordable prices for electrical equipment testing (aka PAT Testing) of portable and fixed appliances, and mains wiring electrical testing (EICR). We are fully accredited by CHAS and members of the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association (PATTA). Our engineers are fully qualified, competent in electrical safety and hold enhanced DBS.

We are a leading North East PAT Test company that currently inspects approximately 220,000 electrical appliances every year. We have over 295 5-Star Google reviews if you want to check out what current clients think of our work.

When you need PAT tests for your electrical equipment you can feel safe if you choose to work with us, and we will manage retests for you so you never forget and always are compliant.

What our clients say about us…

Joanne Ruddick
Joanne Ruddick
1707904038
Great service very professional completed with no problems used this company for a few years now never had a problem would definitely recommend
Dawn O'Neill
Dawn O'Neill
1707134099
Jane is very friendly and efficient. Always use this company every year 5 stars every time
Jamie Middleton
Jamie Middleton
1706711989
Prompt and efficient service with solid communication throughout. Rob has attended our site for years now and has always been accommodating to our needs. Thanks again Rob!
Hi I have no problem at all with this company, they are very professional I would recommend to anyone, I will be using them again.
Glen Colledge
Glen Colledge
1705915449
We found DRA to carry out PAT testing on our equipment. Good communication throughout, and Jane who came out to do the testing was really helpful in explaining everything and offered good tips
Sharne Leslie
Sharne Leslie
1705421270
Vert quick and efficient. Nice and helpful
Em Limited
Em Limited
1704464477
Testing was carried with great care by Jane today (05/01/24) arrived on time, worked around our production dept and offices, with no disruption at all to our daily business. Offered advice and was very friendly and efficient, would definitely recommend.
Gillian Barras
Gillian Barras
1704275895
Had Rob return for our second time using DRA for our PAT testing.Very professional service and happy to continue using this company.Turned up on time and worked in testing around our production schedule
Would recommend this company, fast efficient service and they kept us updated from initial enquiry through to completion of testing.
Great work. Needed things done for a deadline and managed to fit me in and work around me.Easy to talk to. Open to my million questions.Would highly recommend!
Arbor Division
Arbor Division
1700669869
Excellent, efficient service. Engineer (Richard) arrived on time meaning the tests were completed with no disruption to our day. No hesitation in recommending DRA, very happy with the service 😊
Peter Robson
Peter Robson
1700559776
Easy to book the testing. Kyle arrived at the appointed time at my property in Sunderland and carried out the testing very methodically. Report and certification supplied quickly. Very happy with the service, communications and pricing. Highly recommended.
Michael Wharton
Michael Wharton
1700048461
Excellent speedy service at a competitive price. Engineer turned up at appointed time, huge bonus from this firm. Will definitely use again.
David Hill
David Hill
1699878984
Came when they said they would; did testing and repairs professionally; very obliging and helpful; good value too
Nile Warde
Nile Warde
1698409644
Great work done very efficiently.
Lynda Cooper
Lynda Cooper
1697886884
DRA PAT Testing have carried out our annual testing for a few years and we always find them very professional and friendly. Their communication is excellent and always on time and issuing the report very quickly. They always send a reminder each year near the renewal time which is very useful. We Would continue using them and recommend.1
Louise Appleby
Louise Appleby
1697745222
We've used this company for years, they're friendly, really reliable and a competitive price. Definitely recommend them.
Michelle Lee
Michelle Lee
1697446868
First time using DRA PAT testing but can highly recommend, the service was excellent and the guys arrived in the office and efficiently carried out all the testing with minimal disruption, will definitely use again
DRA was recommended to us and from the initial arranging the PAT Testing to the PAT Testing being carry out was straight forward. Jane carried out the testing, she was polite, answered any questions and just got on with the job without any interruptions you wouldn’t even know she was there. Would highly recommend.
Tina Ashcroft
Tina Ashcroft
1695390630
PAT testing of electrical items for uni student. Great service, prompt, efficient and friendly, made time for a small job. Would recommend 100%
Mark Faetz
Mark Faetz
1695164711
First time using DRA and won’t be the last! The whole process was made so simple and any necessary repairs carried out there and then. Jane carried out our testing and she’s a credit to her team she just got on with it without any interruptions you wouldn’t even know she was there. Would highly recommend
Molly Hogg
Molly Hogg
1694421549
Very quick and reliable. Came out to PAT test my home office equipment. Many thanks.
Jane and Richard provided PAT testing. They were friendly, professional and helpful. I’ll be using them again.
Andrew Cumiskey
Andrew Cumiskey
1692346675
Excellent service, professional, on time and easy to book.
Alison Donkin
Alison Donkin
1692282208
Kyle arrived on time and was friendly, helpful and efficient. We had 42 items that required testing. The process of arranging the inspection was easy and everone in the team whom we dealt with were courteous and efficient, fitting in to our schedule. Would recommend
Terry Garnish
Terry Garnish
1691428149
Very friendly & on time good prices I highly recommend….
This is the third year that DRA Pat Testing have checked my appliances and it was great to meet Jane this time who was friendly, efficient and punctual. I really appreciate the timely reminder to book the next appointment. Thanks, see you next year!
Newcastle Stand
Newcastle Stand
1690289098
DRA PAT Testing have been carrying out our pat testing the last couple of years and we couldn't be happier with their services! Friendly while professional, great communication, worked around our schedule, report issued promptly. Their reminders have been very useful too! Would definitely recommend.
Alan Scott
Alan Scott
1690182744
Top service as always. I wouldn't use anyone else. The guys are happy to work around out times so the class isn't disturbed. See you next year!
Keith Jewitt
Keith Jewitt
1690026183
Received a great service from DRA, professional & happy to work around our business needs. Would definitely recommend & use again.
Absolutely fantastic service; very prompt, and a lovely team of engineers. Will definitely make this our yearly go-to company for PAT testing. Cheers team!
Pat Barraclough
Pat Barraclough
1689870553
Visited by the Lads to do our PAT Testing, very relaxed, chatty and knowledgeable. Good Job by DRA , very happy with the service 😃
Jane came out and did our Pat Testing, she was friendly and very professional. Report was issued promptly.She also worked around our workload which was greatly appreciated.Great service - thanks again!
Nicola Bath
Nicola Bath
1689792597
Great service by DRA Pat Testing, super professional response to my enquiry and Jane did a fab job for us testing our equipment and getting us fully compliant again. Will use again and would recommend.
David Byrne
David Byrne
1688736481
Very punctual and also very efficient. Jane was keen to be sure she had seen everything that needed testing and was in every way professional. Well done! We will certainly use your company again.
Excellent communication, DRA were flexible enough to fit in with our business operating hours and what rooms were available when. Thorough and efficient testing, our certificate arrived promptly. Highly recommended.
We've used DRA PAT Testing twice now, they are great with their communication, and always very thorough and efficient when they come in to test. Would recommend to anyone who needs PAT testing done!
Phil Taylor
Phil Taylor
1686600447
Great service. Friendly and competent engineer.
Liz Pattinson
Liz Pattinson
1686309726
I have just had my annual PAT testing completed by Jean from DRA Pat Testing and once again have received great service. If you are looking for a professional and reliable PAT testing company, I would strongly recommend them to you.
Ruth Humpherson
Ruth Humpherson
1686130506
Always use DRA for our annual PAT testing, super professional, great communication and lovely staff. highly recommend
David Thompson
David Thompson
1685984997
Brilliant service, efficient and polite.Excellent value for money.
Derek B
Derek B
1685800090
DRA came recommended and I know why - they were excellent at all stages, from initial contact right through to job completion. Top class professional team - will certainlty be returning 🙂
louisa fakili
louisa fakili
1685692531
A great company would not go anywhere else. When I needed my inspection done quickly they moved my appointment up 2 weeks earlier nothing was a problem. Would definitely recommend.
This is the second time we have used DRA PAT testing. Jane was excellent and efficient and the service we received was first class.
Keith Middleton
Keith Middleton
1685130246
Prompt, exceptional service, good value for money. Test certificate delivered the same day. Second year I've used them, a big help when they come to you. Nothings a bother.
Jane Potts was brill.She was friendly, professional, knowledgeable, helpful etc etc.The job was done carefully, thoroughly and precisely.What more is there to say.Well done DRA
Nic Devine
Nic Devine
1684920947
Lovely staff member Jane, very professional and timely and minimum disruption whilst completing PAT testing at Skills North East. Great company
richard dell
richard dell
1684867618
Fifth year we have used DRA PAT Testing and very happy with the service provided at a competitive price. Everything went smoothly. Will keep with this trusted service.
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Joanne Ruddick
Joanne Ruddick
1707904038
Great service very professional completed with no problems used this company for a few years now never had a problem would definitely recommend
Dawn O'Neill
Dawn O'Neill
1707134099
Jane is very friendly and efficient. Always use this company every year 5 stars every time
Jamie Middleton
Jamie Middleton
1706711989
Prompt and efficient service with solid communication throughout. Rob has attended our site for years now and has always been accommodating to our needs. Thanks again Rob!
Hi I have no problem at all with this company, they are very professional I would recommend to anyone, I will be using them again.
Glen Colledge
Glen Colledge
1705915449
We found DRA to carry out PAT testing on our equipment. Good communication throughout, and Jane who came out to do the testing was really helpful in explaining everything and offered good tips
Sharne Leslie
Sharne Leslie
1705421270
Vert quick and efficient. Nice and helpful
Em Limited
Em Limited
1704464477
Testing was carried with great care by Jane today (05/01/24) arrived on time, worked around our production dept and offices, with no disruption at all to our daily business. Offered advice and was very friendly and efficient, would definitely recommend.
Gillian Barras
Gillian Barras
1704275895
Had Rob return for our second time using DRA for our PAT testing.Very professional service and happy to continue using this company.Turned up on time and worked in testing around our production schedule
Would recommend this company, fast efficient service and they kept us updated from initial enquiry through to completion of testing.
Great work. Needed things done for a deadline and managed to fit me in and work around me.Easy to talk to. Open to my million questions.Would highly recommend!
Arbor Division
Arbor Division
1700669869
Excellent, efficient service. Engineer (Richard) arrived on time meaning the tests were completed with no disruption to our day. No hesitation in recommending DRA, very happy with the service 😊
Peter Robson
Peter Robson
1700559776
Easy to book the testing. Kyle arrived at the appointed time at my property in Sunderland and carried out the testing very methodically. Report and certification supplied quickly. Very happy with the service, communications and pricing. Highly recommended.
Michael Wharton
Michael Wharton
1700048461
Excellent speedy service at a competitive price. Engineer turned up at appointed time, huge bonus from this firm. Will definitely use again.
David Hill
David Hill
1699878984
Came when they said they would; did testing and repairs professionally; very obliging and helpful; good value too
Nile Warde
Nile Warde
1698409644
Great work done very efficiently.
Lynda Cooper
Lynda Cooper
1697886884
DRA PAT Testing have carried out our annual testing for a few years and we always find them very professional and friendly. Their communication is excellent and always on time and issuing the report very quickly. They always send a reminder each year near the renewal time which is very useful. We Would continue using them and recommend.1
Louise Appleby
Louise Appleby
1697745222
We've used this company for years, they're friendly, really reliable and a competitive price. Definitely recommend them.
Michelle Lee
Michelle Lee
1697446868
First time using DRA PAT testing but can highly recommend, the service was excellent and the guys arrived in the office and efficiently carried out all the testing with minimal disruption, will definitely use again
DRA was recommended to us and from the initial arranging the PAT Testing to the PAT Testing being carry out was straight forward. Jane carried out the testing, she was polite, answered any questions and just got on with the job without any interruptions you wouldn’t even know she was there. Would highly recommend.
Tina Ashcroft
Tina Ashcroft
1695390630
PAT testing of electrical items for uni student. Great service, prompt, efficient and friendly, made time for a small job. Would recommend 100%
Mark Faetz
Mark Faetz
1695164711
First time using DRA and won’t be the last! The whole process was made so simple and any necessary repairs carried out there and then. Jane carried out our testing and she’s a credit to her team she just got on with it without any interruptions you wouldn’t even know she was there. Would highly recommend
Molly Hogg
Molly Hogg
1694421549
Very quick and reliable. Came out to PAT test my home office equipment. Many thanks.
Jane and Richard provided PAT testing. They were friendly, professional and helpful. I’ll be using them again.
Andrew Cumiskey
Andrew Cumiskey
1692346675
Excellent service, professional, on time and easy to book.
Alison Donkin
Alison Donkin
1692282208
Kyle arrived on time and was friendly, helpful and efficient. We had 42 items that required testing. The process of arranging the inspection was easy and everone in the team whom we dealt with were courteous and efficient, fitting in to our schedule. Would recommend
Terry Garnish
Terry Garnish
1691428149
Very friendly & on time good prices I highly recommend….
This is the third year that DRA Pat Testing have checked my appliances and it was great to meet Jane this time who was friendly, efficient and punctual. I really appreciate the timely reminder to book the next appointment. Thanks, see you next year!
Newcastle Stand
Newcastle Stand
1690289098
DRA PAT Testing have been carrying out our pat testing the last couple of years and we couldn't be happier with their services! Friendly while professional, great communication, worked around our schedule, report issued promptly. Their reminders have been very useful too! Would definitely recommend.
Alan Scott
Alan Scott
1690182744
Top service as always. I wouldn't use anyone else. The guys are happy to work around out times so the class isn't disturbed. See you next year!
Keith Jewitt
Keith Jewitt
1690026183
Received a great service from DRA, professional & happy to work around our business needs. Would definitely recommend & use again.
Absolutely fantastic service; very prompt, and a lovely team of engineers. Will definitely make this our yearly go-to company for PAT testing. Cheers team!
Pat Barraclough
Pat Barraclough
1689870553
Visited by the Lads to do our PAT Testing, very relaxed, chatty and knowledgeable. Good Job by DRA , very happy with the service 😃
Jane came out and did our Pat Testing, she was friendly and very professional. Report was issued promptly.She also worked around our workload which was greatly appreciated.Great service - thanks again!
Nicola Bath
Nicola Bath
1689792597
Great service by DRA Pat Testing, super professional response to my enquiry and Jane did a fab job for us testing our equipment and getting us fully compliant again. Will use again and would recommend.
David Byrne
David Byrne
1688736481
Very punctual and also very efficient. Jane was keen to be sure she had seen everything that needed testing and was in every way professional. Well done! We will certainly use your company again.
Excellent communication, DRA were flexible enough to fit in with our business operating hours and what rooms were available when. Thorough and efficient testing, our certificate arrived promptly. Highly recommended.
We've used DRA PAT Testing twice now, they are great with their communication, and always very thorough and efficient when they come in to test. Would recommend to anyone who needs PAT testing done!
Phil Taylor
Phil Taylor
1686600447
Great service. Friendly and competent engineer.
Liz Pattinson
Liz Pattinson
1686309726
I have just had my annual PAT testing completed by Jean from DRA Pat Testing and once again have received great service. If you are looking for a professional and reliable PAT testing company, I would strongly recommend them to you.
Ruth Humpherson
Ruth Humpherson
1686130506
Always use DRA for our annual PAT testing, super professional, great communication and lovely staff. highly recommend
David Thompson
David Thompson
1685984997
Brilliant service, efficient and polite.Excellent value for money.
Derek B
Derek B
1685800090
DRA came recommended and I know why - they were excellent at all stages, from initial contact right through to job completion. Top class professional team - will certainlty be returning 🙂
louisa fakili
louisa fakili
1685692531
A great company would not go anywhere else. When I needed my inspection done quickly they moved my appointment up 2 weeks earlier nothing was a problem. Would definitely recommend.
This is the second time we have used DRA PAT testing. Jane was excellent and efficient and the service we received was first class.
Keith Middleton
Keith Middleton
1685130246
Prompt, exceptional service, good value for money. Test certificate delivered the same day. Second year I've used them, a big help when they come to you. Nothings a bother.
Jane Potts was brill.She was friendly, professional, knowledgeable, helpful etc etc.The job was done carefully, thoroughly and precisely.What more is there to say.Well done DRA
Nic Devine
Nic Devine
1684920947
Lovely staff member Jane, very professional and timely and minimum disruption whilst completing PAT testing at Skills North East. Great company
richard dell
richard dell
1684867618
Fifth year we have used DRA PAT Testing and very happy with the service provided at a competitive price. Everything went smoothly. Will keep with this trusted service.
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The Importance of PAT Testing: Ensuring Electrical Safety in Your Workplace

In any workplace, ensuring the safety of employees is of utmost importance. One aspect that often goes unnoticed but plays a critical role in maintaining a safe working environment is PAT testing. Portable Appliance Testing, or PAT testing, involves the regular inspection and testing of electrical equipment to ensure its safety and compliance with regulations.

From computers and printers to kitchen appliances and power tools, all electrical equipment needs to be regularly inspected to prevent potential hazards such as electric shocks, fires, or damage to property.

In this fast-paced digital age, where technology is an integral part of our daily lives, it is crucial for businesses to prioritize PAT testing as a part of their health and safety procedures.

The legal requirements for PAT tests in the workplace

In the United Kingdom, PAT testing is not a legal requirement in itself. However, businesses are legally obligated to ensure the safety of their employees and comply with health and safety regulations. PAT testing is considered a best practice and is often recommended as part of a comprehensive health and safety strategy.

Health and safety regulations typically require businesses to regularly inspect and maintain their electrical equipment to ensure its safety. PAT testing is an effective way to meet these requirements. By conducting regular PAT testing, businesses can demonstrate compliance with regulations and reduce the risk of accidents caused by faulty electrical equipment.

It is important for businesses to consult the specific regulations and guidelines applicable to their industry and location. These regulations may vary, and it is essential to stay up-to-date with any changes or updates that may affect the requirements for PAT testing.

The Benefits of Regular PAT tests

Regular PAT testing offers numerous benefits to businesses, employees, and customers. Here are some key advantages of implementing a comprehensive PAT testing program:

**Safety Assurance**

The primary benefit of PAT testing is ensuring the safety of employees and customers. By identifying potential electrical faults or defects, businesses can take corrective actions and eliminate risks before they cause accidents or injuries.

**Legal Compliance**

PAT testing helps businesses meet their legal obligations regarding health and safety regulations. By conducting regular testing, businesses can demonstrate compliance and avoid potential fines, legal actions, or negative publicity resulting from accidents caused by faulty electrical equipment.

**Risk Reduction**

Regular PAT tests help identify potential hazards, reducing the risk of electrical accidents, fires, or damage to property. By identifying and resolving issues before they escalate, businesses can prevent costly repairs, downtime, or disruptions to their operations.

**Enhanced Reputation**

Prioritizing electrical safety and implementing a comprehensive PAT test program can enhance a business’s reputation. Customers and clients are more likely to trust and engage with businesses that demonstrate a commitment to maintaining a safe working environment.

**Increased Efficiency**

Regular PAT tests ensure that electrical equipment operates correctly and efficiently. Identifying and resolving issues promptly can improve the lifespan and performance of appliances, reducing the need for costly repairs or replacements.

**Insurance Coverage**

Some insurance policies require businesses to conduct regular PAT tests as a condition of coverage. By adhering to these requirements, businesses can ensure that they are eligible for insurance claims in the event of an accident or damage caused by faulty electrical equipment.

It is important to note that the benefits of PAT testing can vary depending on the nature of the business, the industry, and the specific requirements. Businesses should assess their unique situation and consult with professionals to tailor a PAT test program that suits their needs.

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The inspection process must be thorough to find faults, and all appliances that present a risk through exposed conductive metal parts need testing to make sure they are safe to continue using. Both portable (with plugs) and fixed electrical equipment will be tested.

We provide a fully inclusive repair service where the plug or flexible cable will be repaired to ensure it passes the test; replacement ’13a’ plugs and fuses are supplied free of charge. Engineers are trained to identify and be able to remedy faults.

Our engineers provide on site advice and guidance to help you maintain safe electrical systems in your workplace, and we send every client a fully itemised PAT Testing Certificate Report which includes electrical readings to ensure your compliance.

Why do you need PAT Tests?

PAT testing is an essential process that helps to ensure the safety of electrical appliances. It involves a series of checks and tests to determine whether electrical equipment is safe to use. This includes visual inspections, earth continuity tests, insulation resistance tests, and more. The importance of PAT testing cannot be overstated, as it helps to identify potential faults or defects that could lead to electrical shock, fires, or other accidents. Regular PAT testing is crucial to maintaining the safety of electrical equipment and preventing potential hazards. It not only protects individuals from harm but also safeguards properties and reduces the risk of legal liability.

We’re Health and Safety accredited:

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Regular PAT Tests help you comply with:

✅ The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

✅ The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

✅ Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1989

✅ Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

We cover Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Co. Durham, North Yorkshire and other UK areas for our clients.

What is PAT testing and how does it work?

PAT testing, or Portable Appliance Testing, is a process that involves the inspection and testing of electrical equipment to ensure its safety and compliance with regulations. It is a systematic approach that assesses the safety of portable appliances, including computers, printers, kitchen appliances, power tools, and any other equipment that requires a power source. The main goal of PAT testing is to identify potential faults, defects, or damage that could pose a risk to the user or the environment.

The process of PAT testing typically involves a series of visual inspections, electrical tests, and functional checks. Qualified technicians, often referred to as PAT testers, carry out these tests using specialized equipment. During the visual inspection, the tester examines the appliance for any signs of damage, loose connections, or other visible defects. They also check for correct labelling, including the presence of a valid electrical safety sticker or label.

Once the visual inspection is complete, the tester moves on to the electrical tests. These tests involve using specialized equipment to measure electrical parameters such as insulation resistance, earth continuity, and earth leakage. These tests help identify any potential faults or defects that may not be visible during the visual inspection. Finally, the tester performs functional checks to ensure that the appliance operates correctly and safely.

The frequency of PAT testing depends on several factors, including the type of equipment, its usage, and the working environment. Some equipment may require more frequent testing than others. It is important for businesses to consult regulatory guidelines and industry best practices to determine the appropriate testing intervals for their specific situation.

What happens when you get your appliances checked?

Our engineer will visually inspect the appliance for any faults, damage or misuse and put it right if need be; then will test the appliance to check safety measurements. The results are stored in the tester.

He’ll also check the suitability of use of the appliance, the working environment and anything else needed.

The results are collated and downloaded then used to create the PAT Testing Certificate Report that we send you asap after the job.

You will need the certificate if ever there is an accident or fire. You’ll also need it if you get a visit from the fire officer or a risk assessor, your insurer or a governing body inspector such as CQC or Ofsted. Our certificates will stand up to the strongest scrutiny due to the standard of the report and the fact that we include electrical readings in every report – not all PAT testing companies do and you do need it.