We are a Notified Body under the CPR for assessment of cables. We offer the required, independent testing and assessment of the reaction to fire performance of cables.

What is CPR? 

CPR is short for the Construction Products Regulation (EU 305/2011), which is part of the European Union legislative framework supporting the free movement of goods across the borders in the EU region.

The CPR identifies a number of basic requirements that must be met by products used in construction works, e.g. buildings, roads, bridges. Examples of these requirements are “mechanical resistance and stability”, “safety in case of fire”, and “hygiene, health and the environment”.

Why is it required for cables to be CE marked?

Since July 2017, all cables used within the EU for construction works (e.g. buildings, roads, and bridges) must be clearly CE marked. Only cables with the CE mark are allowed into the EU market. This is further specified in the CPR – the Construction Products Regulation (EU 305/2011).

Since electrical cables are permanently installed in buildings, they are classified as fixed installations. Furthermore, these cables are important for the safety in case of fire, and must therefore live up to the specified fire resistance requirements, which are detailed in the standard EN 50575:2014.

CPR for assessment of cables

We are a Notified Body under the CPR for assessment of cables. We offer the required, independent testing and assessment of the reaction to fire performance of cables. Cables in this context cover data communication cables, including optical fibre cables, as well as electrical power cables and control cables.

The basic reference standard for cables and their performance with respect to fire under the CPR is:

  • EN 50575:2014 incl. A1:2016. Power, control and communication cables – Cables for general applications in construction works subject to reaction to fire requirements.

The standard specifies reaction to fire requirements, including test and assessment methods, and addresses requirements for release of dangerous substances.

Furthermore, it specifies requirements for type testing, factory production control, FPC, and which system shall be used for Assessment and Verification of Constancy of Performance (AVCP). EN 50575 defines a number of reaction to fire classes Aca, B1ca, B2ca, Cca, Dca, Eca, and Fca for which the applicable test methods are as presented in below table.

Test methods for reaction to fire classes

Test methods for reaction to fire classes 3
a) EN 50399 is a test method for bunched cables under fire conditions, similar, but not identical, to the IEC 60332-3-series. It has additional requirements for testing of heat release and smoke production during the test.

b) Special conditions of test apply in EN 50399 to Class B1ca.

c) Additional classification tests

Find all companies and reaction to fire class B1ca, B2ca and Cca

To access the existing certificates, simply visit our database of companies and components below.

The results of assessment of cables

The results from these tests may – under given conditions – be used as basis for the required Notified Body test report.

We would be very happy to work closely with you on this important and critical topic. Please contact us for more information.

What should I do to get my cables CE-marked?

If you are a cable manufacturer, you must:

  • Decide which fire classification your cables should match (classes are from A to F, and have specific test methods)
  • Establish and maintain an AVCP (Assessment and Verification of Constancy of Performance)
  • Ensure your cables are fire tested by a Notified Testing Laboratory (e.g. FORCE Technology)
  • Establish and maintain a FPC (Factory Production Control)
  • Fill in a DoP (Declaration of Performance) for reactance to fire and release of dangerous substances for your cable
  • Ensure your cables are labelled and carry a visible CE mark.

Note that it is the manufacturer’s responsibility that all necessary steps have been completed before affixing the CE mark.

If you are importing cables to the EU, you must:

  • Ensure the cables carry a visible CE mark
  • Ensure the cables have a correctly filled in DoC (Declaration of Performance) for reactance to fire and release of dangerous substances. The DoC should be filled in by the manufacturer.

Notified Testing Laboratory

FORCE Technology is the expert within testing and certification of cables.
FORCE Technology is a Notified Testing Laboratory (NB 0199) with professional testing facilities and extensive knowledge about the applicable standards and testing methods for cables.

FORCE Technology performs the testing as a supplier to FORCE Certification who issues the certificates of conformity and the CE-mark.