Construction Products Regulation (CPR) compliance
From 1st July 2017 onwards, there will be a legal requirement for cables to comply with standard EN 50575:2014 of the Construction Products Regulation (formerly the Construction Products Directive). There is an initial transition period of 12 months for manufacturers and suppliers to fulfil the requirements of new CE marking, technical documentation and completion of a Declaration of Performance (DoP), after which time compliance across the European market is mandatory.
The CPR covers building and construction products, including cables, in relation to their performance in the event of fire, including their smoke and toxic gas emissions and flame propagation. The aim is to create product standards which are harmonised across Europe, although particular levels of cable performance may vary between countries, and with cables being identified by one of seven current classifications. Notably, fire performance cables are not yet included in the CPR's directive - the intention is for further classes of cables including these to be added in the future.
The cables are tested for compliance against two key standards:
|EN 50399||Test for heat release and smoke production on cables during a flame spread test. Additional measurements taken for total and peak heat release, gas analysis, temperature and mass flow measurements. Based on IEC 60332-3 which is conducted on bunched cables.|
|EN 60322-1-2||Test for vertical flame propagation for a single insulated wire or cable (electrical and optical fibre). The procedure is for a 1kW pre-mixed flame.|
|Class A||Related to non-combustible products such as mineral-insulated cables with ceramic insulation.|
|Class B1||Products which are combustible but which contribute least to the spread of fire.|
|Class B2 and C||These products may spread fire to some degree.|
|Class D||Having the fire characteristics similar to that of ordinary wood.|
|Class E||Consisting of products that are not easily ignited by a small flame but for which there are no requirements with regards to heat and smoke release.|
|Class F||Indicates that no performance class has been determined.|
These Assessment and Verification of Constancy of Performance (AVCP) tests must be conducted by a product certification body, a factory production control certification body, or a recognised testing laboratory. With timeframes tight to achieve compliance with the Construction Products Regulations, Eland Cables is working hard to document all its products in accordance with the directive so as a customer you can be assured that all out cables will adhere to this new regulation and will be properly marked and documented in advance of the deadline.
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About Eland Cables
Established in 1975, Eland Cables is a supplier of power, data, instrumentation and control cables and cable accessories to the world's most demanding industries and to some of its most prestigious projects. Our reputation is built on an unswerving focus on quality, technical expertise and customer service.
Our focus on quality has resulted in our in-house specialist cable testing facility securing the ISO 17025 accreditation. This certifies the competence, impartiality and performance capability of our laboratory and its evaluations. In turn, it means peace of mind for our customers with regard to the quality of the cables they source from us.
Our highly-qualified technical team is on hand to provide technical support with all aspects of cable selection, technical specification, regulatory requirements, and bespoke cable design and manufacture.
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The Cable Lab® our in-house cable testing facility, is UKAS-accredited to ISO 17025, which is the single most important standard for calibration and testing laboratories around the world. Accreditation to this international standard demonstrates our laboratory's technical competence and the accuracy of its results.
For our customers, it means peace of mind. They can have full confidence in the quality of our products and can demonstrate due diligence in selecting their cable supplier.
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