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Brexit won’t be the only significant event in 2019 as the 18th Wiring Regulations come into effect from 1st January following its publication earlier this year in July. The IET Wiring Regulations, or BS 7671, applies to circuits supplied at nominal voltages up to and including 1000 volts AC or 1500 volts DC. The regulations have been around since 1882 and became a recognised British Standard with the publication of the 16th Edition in 1992.
Now, with the publication of the 18th Edition, the IET has announced another raft of changes. However, the IET has recently revealed that a number of counterfeit copies of the Regulations have surfaced online for purchase as PDFs. Halloween may have come and gone, but finding yourself in possession of a fake copy could cause quite a fright. If you have unwittingly adhered to counterfeit regulations, then your installations are non-compliant – which would be quite a shock... Failing to follow official Wiring Regulations and producing non-compliant installations can lead to electrical shocks, fires, or even death.
Counterfeit copies can be surprisingly difficult to spot at first, but upon further inspection, most can be seen to be littered with errors and false information. You can determine if a copy is legitimate by looking for the IET hologram that is present on all current and future copies of BS 7671. The hologram contains the IET logo in two sizes and the word ‘GENUINE’. This is not foolproof however as even these holograms have been faked in the past. The only certain way of ensuring that a copy is truly authentic is by purchasing from a reputable source (a list of which can be found here: https://bit.ly/2SbGwZt).
The IET has made an appeal for everyone to make sure they are in possession of an official copy of the IET Wiring Regulations. Since the IET is a charitable organisation, it reinvests the money made from selling the Wiring Regulations back into the electrical industry. By losing money on fake Regulations, the fraudulent copies aren’t just compromising safety, they are also undermining the industry and affecting jobs and livelihoods, according to the IET.
In terms of helping victims of counterfeit regulations, the IET added ”Unfortunately, the IET cannot reimburse purchases bought from suppliers of counterfeit books, nor assist with the resolution of disputes, but we are working to shut down any counterfeiters that we find and take legal action against them to reduce the risk to industry.”
Have you fallen victim to fraudulent Regulations? What can the IET do to avoid fake copies being made available? Are the Wiring Regulations too expensive? A cheaper price for the Regulations would decrease the opportunity for scammers to make a profit and deter them from making fraudulent copies. A lower price would also drive customers towards purchasing through official channels, rather than seeking a cheaper price on secondary markets. Let me know your thoughts!
For now though, I hope you find this month’s topics interesting and as always, please get in touch with any feedback. Enjoy the issue!
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