From the 1st of July 2017 it will become mandatory to CE mark all cables according to the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) if sold in the European Economic Area (EEA) and if they are to be permanently installed for the function of a building. The only exceptions are cables subject to product specific directives. Currently there is just one such exception, i.e. the elevators part of Mandate (M/334 EU).
The characteristics concerned are the Reaction to Fire and, in the future, Resistance to Fire. EN50575, listed as a harmonised CPR standard in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), provides the standards that all said cabling must adhere to in order to achieve a CE mark for a certain fire performance category.
The required fire performance, for various purposes of use of construction products, is still decided nationally but the requirements are expressed in terms of harmonised Euroclasses. Not every member state regulates the cable fire performance. In each member state a CPR contact point has been established to provide the necessary information.
Furthermore, the Euroclass system defines the test methods according to which construction products shall be categorised. For cable, the classes decrease from the highest performance A to the lowest F. When a product is qualified, and approved by third part i.e. Notifying Body, there shall be a technical file and a Declaration of Performance (DoP).
Habia Cable’s overall position
- The majority of products sold by Habia Cable are not in the scope of CPR
- Products procured and in customer stock before the 1st of July 2017 can still be used after said date without CE marking to CPR
- It is always the builder’s responsibility to choose the correct Euroclass for the purpose and as demanded by law in the country where the product is to be installed
- For questions about qualification of your product to CPR, please contact your Habia Cable sales representative
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