Network Communications News (NCN) October 2016 - Page 24

F E AT U R E CPR requirements Each EU member state is obliged to adopt CPR terminology into its national regulations. manufacturer, whilst System 1+ also includes factory audit and continuous verification through production inspection and warehouse sampling. Each of these assessment systems needs to be carried out by a Notified Body accredited by the EC. When cables are assessed according to these systems, manufacturers are entitled to draw up a Declaration of Performance (DoP), which is a mandatory document to be made publicly available to show CPR compliance. This DoP needs to contain the unique reference number and description of the cable type, its EuroClass and s/a/d classifications according to EN50575 and the ID number of the Notified Body who carried out the testing. This same information needs to be reflected on the label of the cable packaging (drum or box) including the CE mark. It is allowed - but not mandatory - to have the CPR information on the cable sheath. Mandatory compliance The coexistence period of CPR for cables commenced on 10th June 2016, meaning that manufacturers are entitled to start making cables ready for CPR. As of 1st July 2017 it will be mandatory to comply. It is important to clarify that no manufacturers (or importers) will be allowed to bring cables to market in the EEA without CPR compliance after the date of 1st July 2017. Cables that have been brought to market before that date, however, and are available in distributors’ stocks, are still allowed to be sold and installed after that date. Whether or not these will still be acceptable in certain installations, however, is a different matter and will depend upon how CPR is adopted in every EU country. Although we now have a harmonised European standard defining performance levels for reaction to fire of cables, it is still down to every EU member state to determine which EuroClasses are re