As from July 1st 2017, with new CPR (Construction Products Regulation) rules on reaction-to-fire performance being implemented by the European Commission (EC), cabling for fixed installations can no longer be used in European buildings or civil engineering works if they are not tested and certified according to the new CPR rule.
EUROCLASSES are the new 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. Analyzed in a simulated installation, measurements of flame spread, heat release, flaming droplets, smoke emission and corrosivity of gases are taken. Based on their performance, the cables are placed into the Euroclass system that indicates its behavior during a fire: