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IET urges electrical industry to ensure all new installations comply with updated wiring regulations

Published: 3 December 2018 - Sarah Mead

As we approach the date when the 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations (BS 7671:2018) comes into effect, it is important for all electrical contractors to ensure that they are up to date with the new requirements.

01 January 2019 marks the date from which all new electrical installations must be designed to comply with the standards and requirements set out in BS 7671:2018. Although not compulsory, electrical professionals can leave themselves open to legal action if the work that they carry out does not meet the necessary industry requirements.

BS 7671 has always been about improving the safety of electrical installations, minimising the risk of fires resulting from unsafe wiring, and standardising electrical installation design.

JPEL/64 (the national Wiring Regulations committee) has a responsibility for keeping these standards up to date in line with new and emerging technologies and industry developments, which are vast and fast moving.

JPEL/64 members also represent the UK on international electrotechnical committees, ensuring that the UK’s requirements are considered in the IEC Standards and CENELEC documents, the technical intent of which, the UK (as a CENELEC member) is obliged to take on.

BS 7671:2018 has been a major undertaking for JPEL/64. A number of new Regulations, or changes to existing Regulations were carefully considered, put out for public consultation, and debated within the committee.

This includes new and amended requirements and recommendations around the use of Arc Fault Detection Devices (AFDDs), Surge Protection Devices (SPDs), methods of support of wiring systems and earthing arrangements for Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment, among others.

Mark Coles, Head of Technical Regulations at the IET, says: “The 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations contains some significant changes to the way all electrical professionals are required to carry out their work in order to safeguard themselves and the public. With this in mind, it is essential that all electrical professionals ensure that they are up to speed with the new requirements.”

To help industry get up to date, the IET offers a dedicated course on their online training resource, the IET Academy, offering comprehensive training for City & Guild’s 2382:18 qualification.

The IET Academy provides the only course for 2382 that has been prepared by the IET, which jointly publishes the IET Wiring Regulations with BSI. The authors have been carefully selected for their industry experience and knowledge of BS 7671.  It is also the only online course to be endorsed by City & Guilds for this qualification.

The course, which is suitable for anyone needing working knowledge of BS 7671, including electrical installers, designers, specifiers and those working in the inspection and testing of electrical equipment, will also fully prepare electricians for the City & Guilds 2382:18 exam.

The IET also offers BS 7671 and a range of expert guidance, both in print and digital versions to help you get up to date ahead of the 18th Edition coming into effect.  Find out more at

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