What is the current BS 7671?

What is the current BS 7671?

The current version is BS 7671:2018 (the 18th Edition) issued in 2018 and came into effect from 1 January 2019. Amendment 1 to the 18th Edition was published in February 2020 but the only changes were to section 722 (Electric Vehicle Charging Installations).

What does BS 7671 cover?

BS 7671 is a document that, if complied with, affords good evidence of intent to comply with the law, and is admissible in court as defence. The requirements of the IET Wiring Regulations are well regarded, and align with European and international standards and are generally accepted as good industry practice.

What is the BS standard that used for electrical installations?

British Standard BS 7671
British Standard BS 7671 It came into effect from 1st January 2019 and is the national standard used for electrical installation and wiring safety across domestic, commercial, and industrial properties. BS 7671 covers circuits supplied at nominal voltages up to and including 1000V AC or 1500V DC.

What is the use of BS 7671 IET?

The Regulations apply to the design, erection and verification of electrical installations, also additions and alterations to existing installations. Although not a statutory document, BS 7671 will set the standard for how electrical installations should be completed in the UK and enables compliance with the law.

What is the status of BS 7671 2018 wiring regulations?

BS 7671:2018+A1:2020 remains current and will be withdrawn on 27 September 2022. The Regulations apply to the design, erection and verification of electrical installations, also additions and alterations to existing installations.

How often should electrical installations be tested?

Most standard workplace environments need an Electrical Installation Condition Report to be produced at least every 5 years. However, there should be regular routine inspections conducted at least annually.

What is IET standard?

The IET publish standards that provide guidance and good-practice on specialist areas of engineering. These titles are prepared by committees of experts in each industry area to ensure the highest quality of information and consensus on key topics.

What is not covered by BS 7671?

Installations that are excluded from BS 7671: Systems for the distribution of electricity to the public. Railway traction equipment, rolling stock and signalling equipment. Equipment of motor vehicles, except those to which the requirements of the Regulations concerning caravans or mobile units are applicable.

Is 5 year electrical test a legal requirement?

The Regulations require landlords to ensure that every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at least every five years by a qualified person from 01 July 2020 for all new private tenancies and 01 April 2021 for current tenancies.

Is fixed electrical testing a legal requirement?

Fixed Wire Testing is the procedure you have carried out to maintain your electrical installation, so it’s not a legal requirement itself but if you don’t do it you’re not maintaining your electrical installation and are therefore not legally compliant.

What does BS7671 say about electrical installation?

Installations that conform to the standards laid down in BS7671 are regarded by the HSE as likely to achieve conformity with the relevant parts of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. Chapter 62 in the IET Wiring Regulations covers Periodic Inspection and Testing requirements.

Do I need a BS7671 certificate?

It’s vital that you use a qualified electrician for any electrical project and ask them for a BS7671 certificate on the completion of the work.

What is BS 7671 Wiring Regulations?

BS 7671. Ensure that your work meets the requirements of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. BS 7671 (IET Wiring Regulations) sets the standards for electrical installation in the UK and many other countries. The IET co-publishes BS 7671 with the British Standards Institution (BSI) and is the authority on electrical installation.

How can the IET help you with BS 7671?

To help industry apply the requirements of BS 7671, and to get up to date with the 18th Edition, the IET provides a wealth of resources, from guidance materials, events and training, to free information such as Wiring Matters online magazine. See the boxes below for more information on our range of resources.