Eland Cables is CPR ready and compliant
From the 1st July 2017, the Construction Products Regulation is in effect, covering electrical cables. This legislation affects newly manufactured cables only - any cables already available for sale are not subject to CPR legislation as they have already been introduced to the EU marketplace. Our CPR ready statement can be accessed here.
What is CPR?
New CPR cable compliance regulations
Building and construction cables manufactured after 1st July 2017 are subject to the Construction Products Regulation (CPR). CPR covers all construction products, including electrical cables, classifying them by their reaction to fire. Any products already on the market prior to this date can continue to be sold and supplied without reference to CPR.
The aim is to create harmonised product standards across Europe and help buyers make better informed decisions. Products will be classified from A to F depending on their flame characteristics with additional classifications for their smoke, flaming droplets, and acidity.
Compliance with CPR is mandatory and has implications throughout the supply chain but the majority of the responsibilities lie with manufacturers, importers and distributors. They have a legal requirement to ensure it is only CPR compliant cables placed on the market from 1st July onwards, in addition to complying with the other standards and regulations the cables must meet.
What is CPR Compliance?
CE Labelling - This is the quickest way to identify a CPR compliant cable. CE marking is already a legal requirement, but now it needs to contain additional information to aid traceability, including the CPR classification. CE labels can be on the cable or the cable packaging.
Eland Cables' CE labels will look like:
Cable Testing by a Notified Body - Conducted independently of manufacturers and suppliers, an Assessment and Verification of Constancy of Performance (AVCP) is required to determine the classification.
A Declaration of Performance - Eland Cables holds the DoP documentation on file for the statutory period of 10 years in the event it is called upon for traceability.
So what do I need to do?
There is a legal requirement that relevant cables manufactured after 1st July 2017 must be CPR compliant. As the end user you have a responsibility to check CE labelling is present on the cable or the packaging, and to check there is a CPR classification where appropriate. Remember, cables placed on the market prior to this date are not subject to this legislation and so can continue to be installed.
End-users are urged to be practical in the selection and specification of cables - the right cable for your application may not be available with the CPR class you seek. Equally importantly, the cable selected must continue to meet other national, international, and industry standards.
Each installation should be considered in light of country-specific regulations. The cable industry continues to recommend Low Smoke Zero Halogen insulated and sheathed cables where smoke and toxic gas emissions could pose a threat to life and sensitive equipment.
Talk to the cable experts
Our technical experts sit on national standards committees and so are at the heart of the CPR adoption and compliance process.
If you would like more information on how CPR affects you, The Cable Lab technical team offers tailored training courses.
If you're in any doubt, please contact our experts by emailing email@example.com and they will demonstrate traceability and compliance.
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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.
We are a key contributor to projects in over 100 countries every year, adding value through comprehensive technical support, reliable logistics, innovative solutions, and a customer-centric approach.