The updated version of Approved Document 7, published by the DCLG in December 2012, came into force on 1 July 2013. This document gives guidance on how to comply with regulation 7 of the Building Regulations 2010, which requires building work to be carried out with adequate and proper materials and in a workmanlike manner. The 1999 edition of Approved Document 7 (as updated and reprinted in 2006) will continue to apply to work started before 1 July 2013 or work subject to a building notice, full plans application or initial notice submitted prior to 1 July 2013.

The amendments to Approved Document 7 incorporate changes required by the Construction Products Regulations 2011. Stuart Thompson previously discussed how the Regulations have introduced mandatory CE marking on construction products. The CE mark confirms that the product has been tested by the manufacturer and meets EU health, safety or environmental requirements

In addition, certain aspects of the old version of AD7 have been removed from the updated document. There is no longer a reference to the environmental impact of building work in the performance section of the document. The existing guidance on resistance to moisture and substances in subsoil has also been deleted, although this has been moved to Approved Document C (site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture).

The changes to AD7 follow on from the introduction in April of the new Approved Documents for Parts K (protection from falling, collision and impact) and P (electrical safety), as well as the updates to Approved Documents B (fire safety) and M (access to and use of buildings). The Approved Documents are available for download from the Planning Portal website.