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Have your say on the 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations (BS 7671:2018)

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 18th July 2017

18th edition

Appeals for 18th Edition Feedback - Draft for Public Comment BS 7671:2018

Following the release of the Draft for Public Comment (DPC) for BS 7671:2018, the electrical industry is being given the opportunity to have their say and influence the content of the 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations (BS7671).

The BS 7671 Wiring Regulations set out the standards for electrical installations in the UK as well as many other countries and is due to be published in July 2018 with the regulations coming into full effect in January 2019.

The Draft for Public Comment (DPC) is your chance to take a sneak peek at the proposed content ahead of publication, giving you the chance to put forward your views to the technical committee responsible for BS 7671 (JPEL/64).

How do I leave my comments?

If you feel that you have something to contribute to the draft BS7671 standard, you will need to visit the BSI webpage for the DPC and sign up with your email address to access the document.

Here you will be able to make your comments to each Regulation. You can leave and return to it at any time to make any changes, as long as you have saved your comments as you go, and have not yet submitted them. Once you have submitted them they cannot be amended or retracted. Only comments accompanied by a proposal for improvement/change can only be considered.

Once you are happy with your comments you can then submit them, ready for discussion by JPEL/64.

What happens next?

You have until 23rd August 2017 to submit your comments, after which time the DPC period closes and no more comments will be accepted. The relevant JPEL/64 sub-committees will then discuss all of the submitted comments over the ensuing months, making their final decisions before BS 7671:2018 is published, which is expected to be in July 2018 and installations will need to comply by January 2019.

The JPEL/64 sub-committees are:

JPEL/64/A – Verification

JPEL/64/B – Thermal Effects

JPEL/64/C – Shock Protection

JPEL/64/D – External Influences

A snap shot of changes

There are many changes contained in the DPC for BS7671.20:2018, which include sections that have been redrafted, completely revised sections, chapters and regulations, plus a new proposed energy efficiency section (Part 8).

Section 534 Devices for protection against overvoltage – This section has been completely revised. The most significant technical change refers to the selection requirements for the voltage protection level.

Chapter 53 Protection, isolation, switching, control and monitoring - This Chapter has been completely revised and deals with general requirements for isolation, switching, control and monitoring.

Part 6 Inspection and testing - This Part has been completely restructured with many chapters being moved to other more appropriate chapters.

Chapter 42 Protection against thermal effects – This section refers to a new Regulation 421.7 which has been introduced for the installation of arc fault detection devices (AFDDs) to mitigate the risk of fire in final circuits of a fixed installation due to the effect of arc fault currents.

Changes to Section 722 – Electric vehicle charging installations - This Section contains a significant change to Regulation 722.411.4.1 concerning the use of a PME supply, plus changes have been made to requirements for external influences, RCDs, socket-outlets and connectors.

New section – Part 8 Energy efficiency - The new Part 8 covers several energy efficient areas, such as lighting, metering, cable losses, transformer losses, power-factor correction, and harmonics.

What should you do if you don’t already have the C&G 2382 17th Edition qualification?

If you do not have the C&G 2382 qualification then you should still consider taking the 17th Edition exam. The new 18th Edition won’t come into effect until the 1 January 2019, which is a long time to operate without this formal qualification which is required to demonstrate competency on site. The C&G 2382-15 17th Edition course will cost you £470.00 which we believe is a relatively small investment to ensure that you are correctly qualified.

Key dates for the diary:

23 August 2017 – DPC closes

01 July 2018 – expected publish date for BS 7671:2018

01 January 2019 – BS7671:2018 is expected to come into effect

If you want to keep up to date on 18th edition developments please bookmark our 18th Edition Course page and keep checking for updates.

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