IN THE COURSE of producing the new edition of BS 7671 (the IEE Wiring Regulations 17th Edition) a number of changes have been made to the chapters covering initial verification; periodic inspection & testing; and certification & reporting and to Appendix 6 (Model forms for certification and reporting). This article explains the reasoning behind these changes and highlights the principal differences between the 16th and 17th Edition requirements.
Alignment with International and European conventions
The 17th Edition of the Wiring Regulations (BS 7671) is currently under production and is due to be released in January 2008 and will come into effect on 1st July 2008. The new version of BS 7671 has been produced including the changes necessary to maintain technical alignment with IEC (International) and CENELEC (European) harmonization documents.
In the case of the requirements within Part 6 of the new edition relating to initial verification, periodic inspection & testing, and certification and reporting these have been based on Harmonization Document HD 384.6.61 S2; 2003 but with reference having been made to the more recent HD 60364-6 Part 6: 2007 - Verification and to Part 7 as it appeared in the 16th Edition of BS 7671.
(Originally published in Wiring Matters 24 Autumn, written by Jonathan Elliott)
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