Cable manufacturers and distributors advised to act now at two-day course

Jul 31, 2015 | Cables and Accessories

The British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC) has hosted its first CPR for cables training course less than two weeks after the launch of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) as applied to power, control and communication cables in accordance with EN 50575:2014. The course, held on 21st and 22nd July, was held to provide vital information and insight to manufacturers and distributors about the complex requirements of the regulation and to support prompt, comprehensive and cost effective compliance.

CPR introduces new testing and certification requirements and also new CE marking requirements, the latter of which will become a mandatory requirement from 1st December 2016. This is a significant new regulation and it is advised by BASEC that all manufacturers and distributors of cable that fall under the requirements of ‘general applications in construction works subject to reaction to fire requirements’ start preparing now.

“In most cases they will need to engage with a Notified Laboratory and/or a Notified Product Certification Body to undertake testing, certification and the new CE marking requirements,” said Dr Jeremy Hodge, chief executive of BASEC. “As well as the increased requirement for cable testing, it is a relatively short time period to ensure CE marking compliance so specific training on what is required is important, with forward planning being key. It also gives delegates the opportunity to engage with industry peers on the subject and opens up discussion on the impact it will have on the electrical industry as a whole.”

The first BASEC course was quickly taken up and included an in depth analysis of the requirements, worked examples and test protocols and a tour of BASEC’s laboratory to view its facilities and test equipment.

“We have already received some very interesting feedback and questions, particularly around future British Standards and additional advice likely to be given by the Notified Product Certification Body over the coming months,” continued Jeremy.

Dominic Robinson, technical manager at Eland Cables said: “Having worked for both cable manufacturers and distributors throughout my 20 year career, I was interested to find out more about the new regulation and the impact it will have on the cable industry. I had done a significant amount of research prior to the course and found it to be a great opportunity to share opinions and best practise with my peers, to gain a better understanding of the cost implications of the testing required under the new regulation and to see some of the new testing equipment at BASEC.”

BASEC will continue to host CPR courses throughout the year. The future courses will also integrate important updates of standards for cables offering fire resistance and circuit integrity, which will be announced soon.