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Construction Products Regulation

What is CPR?

CPR stands for “Construction Products Regulation”, which are rules implemented by the European Commission. CPR rules call for products – including cables – to be tested and certified based on certain criteria before they are used in European buildings. There are six requirements against which products may be assessed. Wire and cable is covered by the 2nd requirement that addresses Safety in the case of fire. CPR ensures that distributors, consultants, systems integrators, installers and building owners have reliable product information from different manufacturers in different countries to make accurate product comparisons. This will allow for free movement of all construction products within the European Union.


How do countries implement CPR?

Currently many countries have their own national fire regulations. This has not allowed for free movement of products in Europe; national laws that contain essential product requirements are not harmonized. CPR rules will change this. The rules will be applied without differences of interpretation by each member state.


How do countries determine which Euroclasses are required?

Each country will decide how CPR Euroclasses will be used in construction standards or regulations. With most countries having introduced their CPR implementation by now we can see big differences in which Euroclasses are going to be required per country. Many countries prescribe Euroclasses between Eca and B2ca, depending on the building type or application, but exceptions exist. Therefore it is always important to check the national CPR implementation for each country. Belgium would direct towards the Euroclass Cca and above.


Which cables are involved in CPR?

All power, control and communication cables that are installed in fixed installations in buildings and other civil engineering works.


Which buildings are involved in CPR?

All buildings and civil engineering works are involved in CPR.


Which applications are involved in CPR?

According to the CPR framework the actual performance level required for any particular regulated application is a National matter. Basis for country CPR-level decisions can include e.g. Fire risk, Ease of Escape in case of fire or exposed area of cable surface.


When does CPR become applicable?

CPR has officially come into force as of June 10, 2016. The transition period will end one year later, in July 2017.


For whom is CPR applicable?

CPR language applies to architects, engineers, contractors, member states, manufacturers and end users. It must be used when specifying requirements and selecting products.


What are Euroclasses?

Euroclasses are uniform assessment methods or classifications that reflect real-life environments for building products based on reaction-to-fire performance. The Euroclass Table defines seven classes for the reaction to the fire performance of cables. Heat release and flame spread are the main classification criteria; smoke production, flaming droplets and acidity are additional classification criteria.


What is a Declaration of Performance?

A Declaration of Performance expresses the performance of construction products, including cables, in relation to the essential characteristics of those products. It identifies the product, its intended use and its essential characteristics. A Declaration of Performance requires the manufacturer, importer or distributor to assume legal responsibility for the conformity of the construction product with its declared performance.

What is CPR?

How do countries implement CPR?

How do countries determine which Euroclasses are required?

Which cables are involved in CPR?

Which buildings are involved in CPR?

Which applications are involved in CPR?

When does CPR become applicable?

For whom is CPR applicable?

What are Euroclasses?

What is a Declaration of Performance?


Read the full FAQ about CPR


Declaration of Performance Online Generator

CPR-MINI-GUIDE-CONSTRUCTION-PRODUCTS-REGULATION_BR_ENTS_BDC_0317_E_EMEA_Original_105587.pdf

CPR Mini Guide

Belden_CPR_FAQ.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more on Belden’s CPR website