CPR, the new European regulation for the construction m […]
CPR, the new European regulation for the construction materials
Construction Product Regulation (CPR) is a regulation issued by the European Union with the purpose of regulating the limits of fire resistance and dangerous substances in the materials used in construction.
This regulation applies to all products intended to be incorporated, permanently, in construction. It includes not only buildings but also civil engineering works.
As far as cables are concerned, the legislation applies to power, telecommunications, data and control cables.
The purpose of CPR is to ensure that all cables used in permanent installations throughout the European Union are assessed, classified and approved under a single criterion.
CPR includes seven new classes, designated from A to F, where A implies that the product is non-combustible and F where the fire performance characteristics can not be determined. In this new classification, B, C, D and E classes will be mainly used for cables.
Furthermore, there are additional criteria that establish requirements on the amount of smoke produced, the fall of droplets and flamed particles during combustion, and acid content or toxicity of smoke produced.
The official application of CPR comes into force on 1st July 2016. There is a transitional period of one year, during which the entire supply chain must adapt its stock to the new regulations. As of 1st July, 2017, all newly installed cables must comply with CPR regulation.
For this reason, it is important that you adapt your supply as soon as possible to cables already designed and tested under CPR criteria.
When you choose Spring Cable products, you are guaranteed that you are acquiring cables which fully comply with the requirements established in the new CPR regulations.