The 17th Edition of the IEE Wiring Regulations will come into effect from 1st July 2008. From then on all commercial, domestic and industrial wiring installations must be designed, constructed, inspected, tested and certified to meet the requirements of BS7671:2008.
With the combination of new technologies, products and continuing harmonization the 17th Edition includes all the necessary changes to maintain technical alignment with European Harmonization Documents and the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) numbering system.
The 17th Edition also includes a major revision to Chapter 41, Protection Against Electric Shock, where the previous approach of protection against both Direct and Indirect Contact has been revised to line up with the international convention of Basic Protection and Fault Protection.
The best way to make sure you comply with these new regulations is to use electrical contractors who have been trained for the 17th Edition and belong to organizations such as Electrical Contractors Association (ECA), National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC), or The Electrical Contractors’ Association of Scotland (SELECT).
More information can be obtained from the NICEIC website.