Counterfeit publications


The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has urged all electrical professionals to ensure that they are using genuine copies of its current IET Wiring Regulations.

The call comes as the IET has been made aware of a number of counterfeit copies of its publications for sale through various channels. It warns that following misinformation in these fake copies could be devastating for electrical professionals and the general public at large – with missing or corrupted information potentially leading to unsafe work being carried out which could result in fire, electric shock or even death in the most extreme cases.


To help combat the counterfeit activity, the IET has placed a hologram on the inside front covers of the following titles: BS 7671:2008+A3:2015; On-Site Guide to BS 7671:2008+A3:2015 and Guidance Note 3 (7th Edition).

The new measures taken will make it more difficult to counterfeit IET publications and make it 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.

As a registered charity, the IET has a responsibility to uphold standards and ensures that all proceeds from genuine books go back into the organisation.