Intersafe Operations Manager, Colin Lang, answers questions about the first Amendment to the 18th Edition.
An amendment is an update to the current edition of BS7671 ("the Regs"). There are generally 3 amendments issued per edition. The amendments occur due to changes in technology which have an effect on the type of equipment being installed such as electric charging points for vehicles or changes due to safety such as the introduction of fire rated distribution boards in domestic premises.
This amendment will have very little direct implications to FMs as the main focus to this amendment was the updating of Section 722 - Electric Vehicle Charging Installations. But FMs should be aware of the changes for future EV charging installations.
If something has been installed to a previous edition (18th or sooner) the installation will still be compliant and doesn't need to be ripped out and replaced. Even if an installation has been designed to meet the criteria specified in the previous edition/pre-amendment there is a transition period where the installation can continue be installed before the new amendment comes into effect. In the case of this amendment, any installation where the erection commences after the 31st July 2020 must comply with Amendment 1:2020.
However, it is important to remember that any changes made to an existing circuit/ installation will need to be made to the standard of the new amendment.