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The Plugs and Sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994

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Regulation 4


1.  Any plug, socket or adaptor which incorporates any other electrical device (other than a F fuse link, switch or indicator light).

2.  Any plug or socket forming part of a ceiling–rose connector (that is to say a connector designed to hold up overhead electric lighting fittings).

3.  Any plug or socket forming part of a luminaire comprising a track system for electric lights and their fittings.

4.  Any non–UK plug supplied loose which is manufactured to comply with the safety provisions of IEC 884–1 and which is marked with or accompanied by a warning that it is not suitable for connection to a mains socket in the United Kingdom.

5.  Any non–rewirable or any moulded–on Europlug (that is to say any plug conforming with BS EN 50075) which is designed for the purpose of connecting to a shaver supply unit conforming to BS 3535: Part 1 any electrical shaver, toothbrush or similar appliance; and for the purposes of this paragraph the expression “shaver supply unit” shall have the meaning given to it in BS 3535: Part 1.

6.  Any travel adaptor (that is to say an adaptor which enables a plug designed for use in the United Kingdom to be connected to a socket used outside the United Kingdom).

Regulations 4 and 10


Item No.Electrical devicesBritish Standard
1Standard plugs; sockets with which standard plugs may be engaged.BS 1363.
2Round–pin plugs; sockets and adaptors with which round–pin plugs may be engaged.BS 546.
32–pin reversible plugs and shaver sockets.BS 4573.
4Fuse links which are suitable for use in a standard plug.BS 1362.
5Cartridge fuse–links (rated up to 5 amperes) which are suitable for use in a round–pin plug conforming to BS 546.BS 646.
6Adaptors except those in item 2.BS 5733.

Regulation 11


1.  Any fixed luminaire, being a luminaire which cannot easily be moved from one place to another, either because it can only be removed with the use of a tool, or because it is intended for use out of easy reach.

2.  Any ceiling–rose connector (that is to say a connector designed to hold up overhead electric lighting fittings).

3.  Any electric light designed and intended to be located within a recess in a wall or ceiling.

4.  Any appliance which is fitted with an rcd plug.

5.  Any appliance which is fitted with a plug transformer.

6.  Any appliance which is fitted with a plug other than a standard plug which is designed to engage with a compatible portable multiple socket outlet.

7.  Any appliance which is intended to be permanently connected to the fixed wiring of the mains system other than by means of a plug and socket.

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