Construction Products Regulation (CPR).
The Construction product regulation (CPR) for cables is coming. This will be a mandatory requirement for cable placed on the market in the EU where it is to be used in the construction market. This will introduce a CE mark to allow free movement of goods in the EU where its scope will be considerably wider than the existing LV directive.
For legalistic reasons EC has demanded amendment of EN 50575 which, amongst other things, must refer in a different way to the Low Voltage Directive LVD (where applicable). This amendment has no significant practical consequences for the industry other than a delayed implementation.
EC moved the Date of Applicability (DoA) from 1st December 2015 to 1st July 2016; the co-existence period will remain 1 year, so transition will end now 1st December 2017. The procedure to amend the EN50575 is already started.
The CPR for cables will cover two areas:-
1. Reaction to fire*
It is anticipated the EC Date of application will be 1st July 2016 for this part.
2. Resistance to fire.
This standard will not be available for some time and therefore Fire resistant cables will be excluded from the CPR until it is published.
The standard, EN50575:2014, covers reaction to fire only and was published at the end of 2014. The standard for resistance to fire is still to be written and it will be some considerable time before it comes into effect. Until it is completed cables with resistance to fire will be outside of the scope of the CPR. The European Commission, via its Standing Committee for construction, must approve the listing of EN50575 in the OJEC (Official Journal of the European Union) and allocate a date of applicability (DoA), which is expected to happen in the next few months. There will be a transition period before CE marking becomes mandatory of at least 12 months.
Essentially, when this comes into effect, all cable put onto the market in the EU for the construction market, will require the manufacturer to prepare and have available a declaration of performance (DOP) to defined euroclass levels of performance. This level of performance will have to be 3rd party approved by an authorised notified body. At this time we are still awaiting Notified Bodies for cable testing to be appointed. Once in possession of the DOP the manufacturer will then be able to, and must, add a CE mark to the packaging, which will contain more information that just the “CE” under the current LV Directive.
Prysmian have a compliance team who will ensure all the products we supply will comply with the CPR requirements.
*this refers to cables of all types used in construction works with requirements for Reaction to Fire - meaning flame/spread/propagation, evolution of smoke and acidic/corrosive gases, and restriction on flaming droplets.
It will become a legal requirement that construction market products put onto the market must have a DOP and appropriate CE mark. This will also apply to products made outside of the EU. However in this case the responsibilities of the manufacturer pass to the importer placing the product on the market