CPR (Construction Products Regulation) Notified Body Services - Testing and Certification

BASEC is a designated Notified Body (No. 2661) for the CPR for System 1+ and System 3.  For over 40 years BASEC has been a global leader in the testing and certification of cables. We have recently invested heavily in new equipment to allow us to test to all the requirements of the CPR in respect of cables. BASEC is providing a full service to manufacturers and traders under the CPR.

From 1st July 2017 under the European Construction Products Regulation (CPR), it will be mandatory for cable manufacturers and suppliers to apply CE marking to any products covered by the harmonised European standard EN 50575. The CPR will apply to all cables placed on the market for use in fixed installation in domestic, commercial and industrial premises and other civil engineering works anywhere in the European Union. It applies to power, communications and fibre optic cables irrespective of the place of manufacture. These tests with a few exceptions need to be carried out by an independent Notified Body. 

The Construction Products Regulation is solely concerned with reaction to fire and resistance to fire properties of these products, resulting in awarding classifications often known as “Euroclasses” to each product or family of products. The established classes and test methods for cable for reaction to fire are shown here. The CPR regime for resistance to fire of cables is still under development at the present time.

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Categories Aca, B1ca, B2ca and Cca are subject to the requirement of AVCP System 1+.

This requires the manufacturer or supplier to use a Notified Product Certification Body for:

  • Initial inspection of plant and factory production control
  • Initial type testing
  • Issue of Classification Report and Certificate of Constancy of Performance
  • Surveillance, assessment and evaluation of factory production control, twice per year
  • Audit testing of samples                 

The manufacturer must also undertake internal FPC & routine audit testing.

Categories Dca and Eca are subject to the requirement of AVCP System 3.

This requires the manufacturer or supplier to use a Notified Test Laboratory for:

  • Initial type testing
  • Issue of Classification Report

The manufacturer must also undertake internal FPC & routine audit testing.

Category Fca to AVCP System 4 has manufacturer duties only.

Manufacturers and suppliers are able to conduct their own tests and make their own classifications to class Fca.

EXAP Rules

To reduce the cost and complexity of the CPR requirements, it is possible in many cases to group cables into “families“ and assess them in accordance with EXAP (extended application) rules. BASEC will work with clients in utilising these systems to best effect. However EXAPs are not able to be applied to all cables.

BASEC maintains appropriate Notifications to European Directives covering cable products and we can provide procedural advice, perform assessments and prepare technical reports for manufacturers and importers of cable products. BASEC is also an active participant of the Group of Notified Bodies which provides further guidance to facilitate equivalent assessment for all members.

CPR covers all cables which will be permanently installed in a building or civil engineering work.  This includes novel/unique cables and those which are not designed to any particular design standard.

Distributors

Under normal circumstances, distributors will pass on Declarations of Performance (DoP) provided to them by the original manufacturer.  Distributors supplying cable under their own brand name, using their own product descriptions / part numbers, are able to issue DoPs in their own name, if they have obtained a Classification Report (and if necessary a Certificate of Constancy of Performance) in their own name. BASEC has additional application forms to initiate this process, which must be completed by both the distributor and the original manufacturer.

Below are downloadable enquiry forms and data summary sheet.

Below you can download the latest BASEC CPR brochure in English and Chinese.

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BS EN/ISO 1716

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Bomb Calorimeter which determines the total calorific content of all the materials in a cable.  Used for Euroclass Aca only

Example Cables

BS 6622

This test is applied to cables made to:

Test Methods & Equipment

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BS EN 60332-1-2

BS EN 60332-1-2

Small flame test measuring the char length following application of a premixed propane and air gas burner for a specified time period based on the cable’s outside diameter.  Used for Classes B2ca to Fca

Example Cables

BS EN 60702-1

This test is applied to cables made to:

Test Methods & Equipment

Test

BS EN 50399

BS EN 50399

Flame propagation test based on the EN/IEC 60332-3-10 test chamber and which also measures heat and smoke release and flaming droplet generation.  Flame spread is determined  by the measurement of char after the test as well as the peak and total heat release, fire growth rate index (FIGRA), the peak and total smoke production and the number and frequency of flaming drops are recorded and used for the basis of classification.

Example Cables

BS 7870 (many parts)

This test is applied to cables made to:

Test Methods & Equipment

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BS EN 60754-2

BS EN 60754-2

The cable’s non-metallic components are burnt in a tube  furnace at a temperature greater than 935°C and the combustion gases emitted are collected and the chemical content is then analysed for the pH & conductivity.

Example Cables

BS 7629-1

This test is applied to cables made to:

Test Methods & Equipment

Test

BS EN 61034-2

BS EN 61034-2

For cables which the highest performance in the EN 50399 test a supplementary test to further define the smoke production can be undertaken in 3m smoke chamber.  A small array of cables is combusted using a specified alcohol/water mixture and the resultant smoke concentration is measured by the reduction in light transmission across the chamber.

Example Cables

BS 5839-1

This test is applied to cables made to:

Test Methods & Equipment

Test