Construction Products Regulation (CPR)
■ What is CPR?
The construction products regulation (CPR), EU No 305/2011, applies to all construction products that are produced for, or incorporated within, building and civil engineering construction works, and includes power, control, and communication cables. CPR is primarily concerned with the safety of product construction and lays down essential performance criteria, as well as the uniform assessment and testing methods.
■ Why do I need to know?
All new cables that are to be permanently installed in buildings will need to be constructed and tested in accordance with the new regulations. This does not apply to nonpermanent cables and all outdoor (duct, aerial, and direct-buried) cables. A key part of the regulation, as applied to cable, is its safety in respect to burning. The old standards usually expressed in terms of flame retardant and non-corrosive (FRNC) and/or low-smoke, zero-halogen (LSZH™) have been superseded. EN 13501-6 is the leading standard within CPR and lays down the new test methods and performance criteria that must be met for a particular classification of cables. It applies new standards for burn classification as well as old standards, that are still valid, such as:
■ What does this mean?
The new CPR regulation ensures that communication cables (fibre optic and copper) are qualified in a manner that allows easy trade regardless of manufacturer or country of origin in regards to critical health and safety requirements. Products complying with the new regulation will have CE marking that indicates the cable is both rated according to the standard EN-13501-6 and conforms to the fire safety characteristics. An EU accredited test institute will issue manufacturers with a declaration of conformity with the new regulation, which is the basis for the CE mark.
■ Where can I find out more detailed information? You can visit the European Commission, Enterprise and Industry website for more information on the legislation:
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