CAI Cable Certification & Construction Products Regulation (CPR)
The CAI is circulating a letter to remind all CAI cable certification holders that as from the 1st of July 2017 the new CPR Regulations come into force. These regulations cover cables used permanently in buildings and civil engineering structures and made available on the market from 1st July 2017. Any existing stock held that has been placed on the market before CPR became applicable can continue to be sold without CPR credentials. (Each batch of cable is treated as a separate product for the purposes of CPR, so any new deliveries after 1st July will need CPR credentials)
The regulations state that manufacturers should have their cables tested to EN50575:2014 and they should be marked with one of the classes of performance Fca – Aca. Distributors are also responsible for ensuring that the products they supply are correctly marked and packaged. The certification information along with the CE mark must be printed and clearly displayed on the cable label as laid down in EN50575. Additional information may also be printed onto the cable, as laid down in EN50575, as well as the information already specified by the relevant CAI specification. It is important to note that the above listed regulations do not replace CAI Certification and that the compliance relates only to the fire performance of the cable.
The CAI would recommend that if a manufacturer or distributor requires assistance and advice relating to the new standards and how to have their cable tested, they contact BASEC (British Approvals Service for Cables) or any approved test centre where appropriate. All certification holders must produce the required documentation to RN Electronics when submitting their cable for CAI Certification testing or renewal. We must remind all holders of CAI certification, that these standards must be met by the 1st July 2017 when the grace period ends.