The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) has been in force since 2011, but is being phased in over a number of years. One of the latest phases applied from 1st July 2016 and relates to the fire performance requirements of construction products, including cables that are fixed in a building.
CPR will require all cables marketed in the European Economic Area (EEA) to carry a CE mark. To get a CE mark, all cables will require to be tested and certified against the new European standards for manufacturing process and fire performance. By 1st July 2017 it will become mandatory for all cables sold in the EU to be clearly identified with an independently certified CPR classification, as laid out in the new EN50575 – “Power, control and communication cables – Cables for general applications in construction works subject to reaction to fire requirements”.
Designers, contractors and all construction professionals need to be aware of this. Property managers, facilities managers and IT managers also all need to take note when specifying or procuring cabling. (Patch cords and other non-fixed cables are not affected by this new legislation.)
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