BS 7671:2008 Requirements for Electrical Installations is due to be issued on 1 January 2008, and after a six month transition period, is intended to come into full effect on 1 July 2008.
The purpose of the revision is to bring the regulations in line with the European requirements and much of the revised content will be based on European Harmonisation Documents that have already been accepted by the UK.
Among other things, the 17th edition will include a new series of regulations concerning lighting installations, emergency escape lighting and fire protection applications.
The requirements of inspection and testing are generally similar to those in BS7671:2001.
The full extent of the changes will not become apparant intil the consultation period is over and the new requirements are issued on 1 January 2008.
In the meantime, further information can be found on the IET website.
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