New flammability ratings are introduced under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) from 1st July 2017. Do you know your obligations to adhere to the new standards?
The CPR transition period that started on 10th June 2016 comes into full force on 1st July 2017. You must ensure that construction products comply with the standard from this date.
What is the CPR?
The CPR aims to provide transparency and improve the safety of buildings across the EU market by creating a common system to provide reliable information on construction products. This is good news for the safety of people in hospitals and high rise buildings that are considered to be at very high risk of fire.
The CPR has introduced 7 new Euroclasses which assess and classify products by how they behaviour with fire: A, B1, B2, C, D, E, and F. The classification reflects products’ reaction to fire, fire resistance and release of dangerous substances. A is the most flame retardant and F is the least.
From 1st July manufacturers are required to have their construction products and civil engineering applications undergo 3rd party testing by an approved notified body who will provide a declaration of performance (DOP). The DOP is a legal document that must be placed at the disposal of the public. The manufacturer must then display the CE mark on the product labelling to signify that the product meets standards for health, safety and economy of energy. By affixing the CE marking, the manufacturer takes the responsibility for the conformity of the product with the performances declared in the DOP.
The circulation and installation of non-compliant products and the wrong usage of cables will be a prosecutable offense.
What does this mean for network infrastructure?
The regulation covers any construction products that are intended to be permanently incorporated into a building within the EU.
This includes all copper and fibre telecommunication cabling intended for permanent installation, which excludes non-fixed cabling infrastructure components such as patch cords and jumpers.
You must ensure that your cabling installations all use cable with a DOP from an approved notified body and bear the CE mark on the cable drum.
Cat6 cable is compliant with the CPR but as the use of higher power over Ethernet continues to increase Cat6 will potentially be unable to handle the power and heat up. It is therefore highly recommended to install Cat6A moving forwards to get the maximum life from your cabling infrastructure.
EnablesIT are pleased to confirm that its certified installers only use fully compliant manufacturers.
22nd June 2017