Ir. Yau Chau Fong (IEM, Malaysia)

Introduction & Background

The ASEAN Engineering Inspectorate (AEI) was first proposed by the Engineering Institute of Thailand back in 2008. In 2010, the concept was accepted by the ASEAN Engineering Register (AER) commission before being subsequently approved by the governing Board of ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisation (AFEO) one year later.

The AEI initiative covers 3 areas of inspection namely, Boilers (led by Philippines Technological Council-PTC), Building Services (led by Engineering Institute of Thailand-EIT) and Electrical Installation (led by Electrical Engineering Technical Division, The Institution of Engineers Malaysia –IEM).  The figure below summarises the progress of AEI after its formation.

AFEO has approved harmonisation of Building Inspection Standard, Boiler Inspection Standard and Electrical Inspection Standard back in December 2011. About 5 years later in September 2016, IEM has developed and launched the AEI Guidelines for Electrical Inspection for Buildings at the AFEO Energy Tour Malaysia. In November 2016, AFEO then approved the adoption of AEI Guidelines but has also recommended that a feasibility study on electrical installation standards and regulations in buildings amongst ASEAN countries.

In 2017, the 3 AEI initiatives have been allocated independent sessions to discuss matters pertaining to each respective initiative. This is the year where AEI-Electrical Installation (AEI-EI) was officially born and is to be reporting any progress directly to the AER commission.


The AEI-EI was established to assist AFEO in promoting goodwill and mutual understanding by establishing and developing an ASEAN baseline standard for the engineering profession with the objective of facilitating the mobility of the engineers within the ASEAN countries.

To accomplish the aforementioned aim, the AEI-EI has charted several objectives as shown in the table below.

Immediate Long Term
  • To review, study and identify the possible differences in the various ASEAN Countries Electrical Installation Standards & Regulations and Application.
  • To provide awareness programme for electrical engineers and contractors amongst ASEAN engineers.
  • To update the ASEAN Engineering Inspectorate (AEI) Electrical Installation Guidelines based on inputs from the survey.
  • To work in line with the ASEAN initiatives of ASEAN Connectivity Blueprint 2025 and to initiate a MRA for Electrical Insta.llation Works amongst ASEAN Countries.
  • Facilitate Mobility of Engineers with the knowledge sharing of each country regulation and Standards & Regulations.
  • To work towards the harmonisation of ASEAN Electrical Installation Standards & Regulations.

In order to achieve the objectives of its establishment, the AEI-EI has formed an organisational structure as shown in the figure below. The International Copper Alliance (ICA) shall be the Project Coordinator by providing resources to support the necessary activities as well as keeping the project on track. The AEI-EI Steering Committee shall report any progress directly to AER at least twice yearly during the Mid-Term AFEO Meeting and CAFEO towards the year end. Under the AEI-EI Steering Committee, the National Working Group from each AFEO member shall coordinate AEI-EI activities at their respective country.

AFEO Energy Working Group Database

AFEO Energy WG Database (version: September 2019)

Useful Information, Reports & Presentation

AEI-EI Activities