The 18th Edition wiring regulations came into effect on 1st January 2019 – replacing the 17th Edition Regulations (2382-15).
Since January 2019, all installations must be designed and installed in accordance with BS7671: 2018 – 18th Edition (Blue Cover).
Electricians wishing to renew their JIB cards will also need to hold the 18th Edition IET Wiring Regulations. Anyone applying for an Installation or Maintenance Electrician gold card for the first time will be required to sign up for Registered Electrician status. This means the applicant must be qualified to the current edition of BS7671 (the Wiring Regulations) when the application is made and sign up to a Code of Professional Practice, in addition to holding the minimum qualifications required for the card. Those renewing their cards from 1st January 2020 who would like to retain Registered Electrician Status will also need to demonstrate they hold an 18th Edition qualification. Those that don’t will revert back to holding an ordinary ECS Gold card holder and will lose Registered Electrician Status.