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Survey - Just 1 in 16 firms support Wiring Regulations changes

ECA survey findings show major opposition to draft 18th Edition of BS 7671

24 July 2017

Just one in 16 electrotechnical businesses (6 per cent) from across the entire industry ‘absolutely support’ the proposed 18th Edition update to the Wiring Regulations, according to major new survey findings from the ECA.

Nearly three in 10 respondents (28 per cent) said that the planned changes were ‘unfavourable’ or were ‘strongly opposed’ to them. Six in 10 firms (61 per cent) said they ‘somewhat supported’ the proposals.

Almost half of firms (46 per cent) said they believed the 18th Edition would ‘increase business burdens’, while over seven in 10 respondents (71 per cent) said it would ‘make the design and install process more complex’.

ECA Head of Technical Steve Martin commented:

“These ECA survey findings should be seen as a wakeup call to those determined to push ahead with all the proposed changes to the Wiring Regulations. It’s vital that the voices of electrotechnical businesses and electricians are heard during this process.

“The ECA has a place on the Wiring Regulations committee and we will use this opportunity to ensure any design solutions are practical for installers and contractors. In the meantime, we urge businesses to offer feedback directly to BSI about the proposed changes.”

The proposed changes to the Wiring Regulations are currently out for public consultation until 23 August via the British Standards Institute (BSI). To offer feedback to BSI about the proposals, please visit https://standardsdevelopment.bsigroup.com/projects/9017-00574.

The industry ‘JPEL 64’ committee will then consider any feedback before the end of 2017. The final 18th Edition will be published in June 2018, before coming into force in January 2019.

Some 533 electrotechnical businesses responded to the ECA industry survey during June and July 2017, including M&E engineers and contractors, consultants, facilities managers and clients.

As part of the ECA’s #Project18 Wiring Regulations campaign, a number of informative bitesize videos have been produced to help the industry get up-to-speed with the proposed changes. Please visit www.eca.co.uk/project18 for more information.