CPR compliance testing for cables
The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) includes power, telecommunications, data and control cables manufactured for or imported into the EU. to be permanently installed in buildings.
The regulation provides unified requirements for reaction to fire for power, control, communications and optical fiber cables intended for installations in all types of construction works in all EU member states.
To comply with the regulation, cables must meet strict testing and quality assessment requirements before they can be allowed to bear the CE marking and be used in buildings.
UL has been extensively involved in all aspects of CPR testing for cables since it became mandatory on July 1, 2017. With this new designation, the process is further streamlined for our customers globally as testing, quality assessments and certification can be conducted by UL, and helps them move products into the EU 27 marketplace.
Because of UL’s global reach, customers can access other markets around the world through testing and certification that meet requirements in those markets. This reduces the need to seek local support elsewhere in the world, making the customer experience more seamless. Cables that are tested and certified through UL, including for CPR, are also eligible to be listed in UL’s Product iQ® database, providing product information daily to thousands of unique visitors.
Cables are categorized by seven performance classes based on their reaction to fire. Additional subclasses are available based on smoke production, flaming droplets and acidity.
In addition to testing, classes are defined by Assessment and Verification of Constancy of Performance (AVCP) system ranging from 1+, initial type-testing and factory inspection and on-going assessment of factory production control (FPC) with audit testing of samples by the notified product certification body, to the lowest AVCP System, 4, only requiring initial type-testing and FPC by the manufacturer. The system 1+ would be similar in approach to UL’s Safety Certification Scheme.
Benefits of CPR compliance testing for cables
- Get seamless support from experienced engineers and technical experts locally, as well as in your target markets.
- Gain recognition by leveraging UL’s expertise in fire testing and global certification and years of experience in conducting CPR testing.
- Reduce time and cost by integrating with other global testing and certification requirements under UL’s comprehensive service solution.