Regular servicing and periodic maintenance of emergency lighting systems is essential. The occupier/owner of a building must employ a competent person to supervise the servicing of the system. In most cases outside contractors are used to maintain the emergency lighting on behalf of the occupier/owner. It has become apparent that in some cases contractors are still insisting on testing regimes that were in the previous BS5266 Pt 1 – 1999. For example, 6 monthly tests are no longer in BS5266 Part 8, 2004. There are therefore a lot of Responsible Persons (RP’s) paying out for quarterly testing of their emergency lighting when they could have a ‘competent person’ conduct an in house ‘flick’ test and only pay for the annual periodic inspection/discharge test to be undertaken by a contractor.