EU rules ban the DIY electricians (Daily Mail, 29 November 2004, page 27)
Householders are to be banned from carrying out many simple electrical jobs at home. EU rules aimed at cutting down on injuries mean a registered electrician will have to carry on work in the bathroom, kitchen or garden – areas exposed to water where accidents are deemed more likely… The new regulations come into force on New Year’s Day under an edict from the EU’s Committee for the Normalisation of Electrotechnology.
This “edict” is actually a set of voluntary standards adopted by the European Committee for Electrical Standardization, a non-EU body, made up of organisations from 28 European countries, including the British Standards Institution. It is a matter for national governments if they wish to legislate to enforce such standards.