BS 7671

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British Standard BS 7671 "Requirements for Electrical Installations. IET Wiring Regulations.", informally called The "Regs" (wiring regulations), is the national standard in the United Kingdom for electrical installation and the safety of electrical wiring in domestic, commercial, industrial, and other buildings. In general, BS 7671 applies to circuits supplied at nominal voltages up to and including 1000 volts AC or 1500 volts DC. The standard therefore covers the 230 volt 50 Hz AC mains supply used in the UK for houses, offices, and commerce.

The current version is BS 7671:2008+A3:2015 (the 17th edition incorporating Amendment 3:2015) issued in 2008 and updated ("Amendment no. 3") in January 2015 and mandatory from July 2015,[1] although some provisions only come into force in January 2016.[1] BS 7671 is also used as a national standard by Mauritius, St Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Cyprus, and several other countries, which base their wiring regulations on BS 7671. The first edition was published in 1882 as the "IEE Wiring Regulations" (or "Wiring Rules").

The standard is maintained by the Joint IET/BSI Technical Committee JPEL/64, the UK National Committee for Wiring Regulations, and published by the IET (formerly IEE). Although the IET and BSI are non-governmental organisations and the Wiring Regulations are non-statutory, they are referenced in several UK statutory instruments, and in most cases, for practical purposes, have legal force as the appropriate method of electric wiring. The BSI (British Standards Institute) publish numerous titles concerning acceptable standards of design/safety/quality across different fields.

Since the 15th edition (1981), these regulations have closely followed the corresponding international standard IEC 60364. In 1992, the IEE Wiring Regulations became British Standard BS 7671 and they are now treated similar to other British Standards. BS 7671 has converged towards (and is largely based on) the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) harmonisation documents, and therefore is technically very similar to the current wiring regulations of other European countries.

History of BS 7671 and predecessor standards[edit]

1st Edition[edit]

Two core cable, live and neutral, no earth. The protection was a fuse cartridge.

2nd Edition[edit]

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16th Edition[edit]

Harmonisation and adoption by BSI[edit]

17th Edition[edit]

The 17th edition, released in January 2008 and amended in 2011 ("Amendment 1"), 2013 ("Amendment 2") and January 2015 ("Amendment 3") is the latest edition of BS 7671, and became effective for all installations designed after 1 July 2008.[2] One of the more significant changes is (chapter 41) that 30 mA RCDs will be required for socket outlets that are for use by ordinary persons and are intended for general use. This improves the level of protection against electrical shock in the UK to a level comparable to that in other EU countries. The 17th edition and its amendments incorporated new sections relating to microgeneration and solar photovoltaic systems, non-combustible consumer units, RCDs, and breakers (including high resilience breaker layout).

  • As originally published highlights - RCDs required for most outlets
  • Amendment 1 highlights - high resilience consumer units
  • Amendment 2 highlights - electric vehicle charging added, earlier change incorporated for medical locations[3]
  • Amendment 3 highlights - non combustible consumer units/enclosures[4]

Adoption into Building Regulations[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Date Edition / change Information
1882 1st Edition Titled ‘Rules and Regulations for the prevention of Fire Risks Arising from Electric Lighting’, and known as the "Wiring Rules"
1888 2nd Edition
1897 3rd Edition Titled ‘General Rules recommended for Wiring for the Supply of Electrical Energy’
1903 4th Edition issued as IEE Wiring Regulations, called ‘Wiring Rules’
1907 5th Edition Issued as IEE Wiring Regulations
1911 6th Edition Issued as IEE Wiring Regulations
1916 7th Edition Issued as IEE Wiring Regulations
1924 8th Edition Issued as IEE Wiring Regulations ‘Regulations for the Electrical Equipment of Buildings’
1927 9th Edition Issued as IEE Wiring Regulations
1934 10th Edition Issued as IEE Wiring Regulations
 ? 11th Edition Issued as IEE Wiring Regulations. Revised in 1943, reprint with minor amendments in 1945, supplement in 1946, further revised in 1948
1950 12th Edition Issued as IEE Wiring Regulations. Supplement issued 1954
1955 13th Edition Issued as IEE Wiring Regulations. Reprinted in 1958, 1961, 1962, 1964
1966 14th Edition Issued as IEE Wiring Regulations. Reprinted in 1968, 1969, 1969 again (metric units[verification needed]), 1970 (in metric units), 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976
1981 15th Edition Issued as IEE Wiring Regulations. (Possibly reprinted 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988?[verification needed])
1991 16th Edition Issued as IEE Wiring Regulations. Reprinted with amendments 1992, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2004
1992 BSI adopts as a standard Wiring Regulations adopted by the British Standards Institute as BS 7671
1992 Legislation Electricity at Work Regulations come fully into effect in Northern Ireland
2004 Incorporated into building regulations Part P of the Building Regulations ("Requirements for Electrical Installations") comes into force, covering legal requirementsd for UK electrical installations. The legislation references BS 7671 (as updated from time to time) as the expected standard for electrical works. The version in force when the law came into effect was the 16th edition, BS 7671:2001, as amended in 2002 and 2004.
2008 17th Edition Amended 2015 ("Amendment no. 3") - current standard as of April 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.theiet.org/policy/media/press-releases/20150113-2.cfm
  2. ^ Geoff Cronshaw: The 17th edition: a brief overview. IEE Wiring Matters, Summer 2007.
  3. ^ http://www.voltimum.co.uk/articles/iet-launches-amendment-3-bs-76712008
  4. ^ http://www.theiet.org/policy/media/press-releases/20150113-2.cfm

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