New ECA technical bulletin: The commercial impact of the construction products regulation to telecommunication cables
02 November 2017
The EU Construction Products Regulation (CPR) was extended to telecommunications/IT/data cables with full effect from 1st July 2017. CPR requires the vast majority of cables to be used inside buildings to have a designated EuroClass in relation to their reaction to fire – but does not dictate where cables of a given EuroClass should be used, this topic being left to national regulations or standards.
On the 30th November an amendment to BS 6701 will be published to specify a minimum EuroClass of cable for telecommunications/IT/data cables .In addition EN 50174 series standards will be revised in early 2018. This combination will provide the UKs approach to CPR
BS 6701+A1:2017 will contain an approach to the specification of reaction to fire characteristics of telecommunications cables installed within buildings and other structures, independent of their design or transmission medium, making the requirements applicable to unbalanced pair, balanced pair, coaxial and optical fibre cables.
This Technical Bulletin is a useful tool for you and your client to explain what is expected in the publication of BS 6701+A1:2017 and its commercial impact.