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Standards can help electrical engineers, electricians and product designers ensure safety, performance and compliance for a huge range of equipment. 

Standards can also help you achieve CE marking, needed for marketing most electrical goods in the European Community.

Key Standards

Electrical installation

BS 7671:2008
Requirements for electrical installations. IEE Wiring Regulations. Seventeenth edition

BIP 2183:2008
IEE On Site Guide. BS 7671:2008 IEE Wiring Regulations 17th Edition (Spiral-bound)

Electrician's Guide to the Building Regulations Part P. 2nd Edition

Switchgear and controlgear

High voltage

BS EN 62271 Series (23 parts)
High-voltage switchgear and controlgear

BS EN 60470
High-voltage alternating current contactors and contactor-based motor starters

Low voltage

BS EN 60947 Series
Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear

BS EN 61439-1
Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear assemblies. General rules

BS EN 61439-2
Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear assemblies. Power switchgear and controlgear assemblies

Electric cables


BS 6346
Electric cables. PVC insulated, armoured cables for voltages of 600/1000 V and 1900/3300 V

BS EN 60228
Conductors of insulated cables


BS 6004
Electric cables. PVC insulated, non-armoured cables for voltages up to and including 450/750 V, for electric power, lighting and internal wiring

Fire performance

BS 6387
Specification for performance requirements for cables required to maintain circuit integrity under fire conditions


BS EN 60034 Series (18 parts)
Rotating electrical machines

BS EN 61800 Series
Adjustable speed electrical power drive systems


BS EN 60076 Series (12 parts)
Power transformers

BS EN 50464 (6 parts)
Three-phase oil-immersed distribution transformers 50 Hz, from 50 kVA to 2500 kVA with highest voltage for equipment not exceeding 36 kV


BS 88 (5 parts)
Low-voltage fuses

BS 1362
Specification for general purpose fuse links for domestic and similar purposes (primarily for use in plugs)

BS EN 60127 Series (10 Parts)
Miniature fuses

Domestic Appliances

BS EN 60335 series (105 parts)
Household and similar electrical appliances. Safety

Controls for household appliances

BS EN 60730 Series (20 parts)
Automatic electrical controls for household and similar use

Plugs, sockets and accessories

BS 1363 series (5 parts)
13 A plugs, socket-outlets, adaptors and connection units

BS 5733
General requirements for electrical accessories. Specification



BS 1853-2 
Tubular fluorescent lamps for general lighting service. Specification for lamps used in the United Kingdom not included in BS EN 60081, BS EN 60901, BS EN 61195 and BS EN 61199

BS EN 60081
Double-capped fluorescent lamps. Performance specifications

BS EN 60432 (4 parts)
Incandescent lamps. Safety specifications

BS EN 60662
Specification for high-pressure sodium vapour lamps


BS EN 60598 Series (24 parts)


BS EN 61347 Series (13 parts)
Lamp controlgear

Emergency lighting

BS EN 50171:2001
Central power supply systems

BS EN 50172:2004, BS 5266-8:2004
Emergency escape lighting systems

BS 5266 Series (5 parts)
Emergency lighting

Road lighting

BS EN 40 series
Lighting columns

BS EN 13201 series (4 parts)
Road lighting 

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