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New EU Cable Fire Safety Regulations (CPR)

New EU Cable Fire Safety Regulations (CPR)

Construction Products Regulation

On the 1st of July 2016*, the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) will include the requirements for CE marking of cables for Safety in the Event of Fire. This will impact all cables that are being used as a Construction product as part of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) published on 4th April 2011.

The inclusion of the recently published EN50575, “Power, control and communication cables - Cables for general applications in construction works subject to reaction to fire requirements" in the OJEU provides the standard that all cabling must meet to achieve a CE mark for a certain fire performance category.

This standard is backed by a series on supporting standards, namely:

  • EN 50399, Common test methods for cables under fire conditions – Heat release and smoke, production measurement on cables during flame spread test – Test apparatus, procedures, results
  • EN 13501-6, Fire classification of construction products and building elements – Part 6: Classification using test data from reaction to fire tests
  • EN50576 , Electric cables - Extended application of test results

Note -  On 1st July 2017 the new Construction Products Regulations (CPR) will come in to force, This will become mandatory for all new installations after the 1st July 2017. 

* These are estimated timescales for final approval

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