CPR (Construction Products Regulation), was created by the European Union with the aim of improving the safety of buildings. It is a classification system for the performance of construction products in the face of fire, categorising them into performance classes and is common for the whole of Europe.
The European Union had established that starting 1 July 2017, cables for fixed installation will be considered as construction products and therefore included in the regulation. This means thatmanufacturers cannot place any new cables on the market unless they have been tested, certified, and marked in accordance with the CPR standards. Cables already on the market at that date are unaffected.
The new regulations apply to any data cables which are fixed in a building. Patch leads and other non-fixed cables are not affected by this new legislation.