The call comes as the IET has been made aware of a number of counterfeit PDF copies of its publications for sale and distribution through various channels in the past week. Missing or corrupted information in the file could lead to unsafe work being carried out which could result in fire, electric shock or even death in the most extreme cases.
“The counterfeit PDF copies of BS 7671:2018 we have seen initially look very convincing but are sprinkled with errors which can lead to dangerous practices. Unless you know the origin of the document how can you rely on it?,” said Mark Coles, Head of Technical Regulations at the IET.
To help combat the counterfeit activity, an official hologram has been placed on the inside front cover of the official IET Wiring Regulations, which costs £95 (€100) or £61 for IET members. The hologram is intended to make it more difficult to counterfeit the guidance and easier for individuals to identify genuine copies of the IET’s books. The hologram contains the IET logo in two sizes and the word “GENUINE”. There are also extra identifiers, some of which can be seen with a magnifying glass.
"Ensuring that genuine copies of IET publications are being used by electrical professionals is important in order that correct standards are used to protect the public and those working in the industry from injury and fatality," he added. “My advice to people looking to buy a copy of any IET publication would be to buy it directly from the IET if they are in any doubt about the supplier they are making a purchase from, or to consult our list of validated suppliers in the UK. Electronic access to BS 7671:2018 is provided by both the IET, through Wiring Regulations Online platform, and BSI, through British Standards Online (BSOL).”
For more information on what to do if you suspect you have a fake book please go to the IET’s website at www.IET.org.uk