In the CPR regulation, Construction Products are defined as all those products that are permanently used in construction projects.
The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) is the new European legislation that established the basic requirements and standardised essential characteristics that all products to be used in construction must meet for use in the EU. The CPR specified seven basic safety requirements that must be complied with by construction projects and one of them is fire safety. In the CPR Regulation, construction products are defined as all those products that are to be permanently used in construction. Broadly speaking, not only in buildings but also in civil engineering projects. Therefore, these include power, communications, data and control cables.
The essential characteristics that are currently applicable for cables in the CPR are their reaction to fire and the emission of hazardous substances under normal operation. The European Union has created unique and uniform classification criteria for all of Europe and a common language for defining the reaction performance of cables to fire. To accomplish this, classes have been defined that indicate the cable's contribution to the progression of the fire based on a series of parameters obtained using the applicable tests.
The figure shows a summary of the different classes; each of them with their classification criteria and the additional classification if applicable.
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Opacity of smoke:
Drops falling during combustion:
Acidity of the smoke:
[Source extracted from the Spanish Association of Electrical Cables and Conductors and Fibre Optic Cable manufacturers].