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Construction Products Regulation (CPR) - new requirements for cables
The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) is a REGULATION (EU) No 305/2011 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 9 March 2011 laying down harmonized conditions for the marketing of construction products and repealing Council Directive 89/106/EEC (Construction Product Directive). The regulation "lays down conditions for the placing or making available on the market of construction products by establishing harmonized rules on how to express the performance of construction products in relation to their essential characteristics and on the use of CE marking on those products." The Regulation entered into force on July 1, 2013.
In the case of isolated conductors and cables used as construction products, the CPR is based on the harmonized European standard EN 50575:2014, whose implementation date was set at July 1, 2016. Since that date, manufacturers/importers have had 12 months to fully comply with the new regulations and adapt to the new requirements. This means that from July 1st 2017 all installation cables should be treated as construction products and subject to appropriate regulations. The new regulations require manufacturers to issue Declaration of Performance (DoP), as well as label their products meeting the relevant standards with the CE mark. The manufacturer, by drawing up their DoP, assumes the responsibility for the conformity of the construction product with the declared performance(s). EN 50575 standard specifies the requirements for the fire performance of cables which are used in permanent systems in buildings, i.e. power cables, control and communication cables, fiber optic cables:
  • power cables – isolated conductors and electric cables used e.g. for the supply of electricity;
  • control and communication cables – isolated conductors, symmetrical and coaxial cables with metallic conductors used e.g. in telecommunications systems, for data transmission, for distribution of TV and radio signals in RF networks, in signaling and control systems;
  • fiber-optic cables – used e.g. in telecommunications systems, for data transmission, for distribution of TV and radio signals in RF networks, in signaling and control systems.
Until now, the conductors and cables were treated exclusively as electrical products subject to product safety regulations under the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and were subject to CE marking by the manufacturer. The new rules established by EN50575 impose on the manufacturers (also importers and distributors) the obligation to commission relevant tests to notified certification bodies/laboratories in order to obtain certificates confirming the fire resistance classes of their products and to issue Declarations of Performance (DoP) with the relevant Euroclasses. The Euroclass of a construction product (including power, control and communication cables) allows for its classification in terms of reaction to fire according to the same rules and criteria across Europe. The markings of the fire classification can already be found on the labels of many construction products and will soon be required for all such products.
Cable classification scheme according to EN50575 standard
Test methods
Additional classification
Examples of products
 AcaEN ISO 1716 halogen-free cables
 B1ca EN 50399
EN 60332-1-2
smoke production (s1, s2),
flaming droplets/particles (d1,d2)  
and acidity (a1)
halogen-free cables
 B2ca EN 50399
EN 60332-1-2
hard PVC and halogen-free cables
 Cca EN 50399
EN 60332-1-2
halogen-free cables
Dca EN 50399
EN 60332-1-2 
high-quality PVC cables
 EcaEN 60332-1-2  no performance determined (NPD)
PVC cables

Not fulfilling requirements

 no performance determined (NPD) PE and PVC cables
According to CPR and the EN50575 standard there are seven Euroclasses classifying the reaction of cables to fire: Aca, B1ca, B2ca, Cca, Dca, Eca, Fca along with additional criteria characterizing smoke production, occurrence of flaming droplets/particles and acidity of combustion and thermal decomposition products. Aca class defines nonflammable cables (no reaction), whereas Fca class contains cables not fulfilling Eca class requirements (i.e. with undetermined performance). Additional classification includes:
  • s1, s2 - smoke production,
  • d1, d2 - occurrence of flaming droplets/particles,
  • a1 - acidity.
Example of marking a cable
Example of tagging the packaging with EC marking for a class Eca cable
Coaxial cables are divided according to wave impedance:
  • 50 Ω - Trilan cables for applications in WLAN installations (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz);
  • 75 Ω - DIPOLNET oraz Triset cables dedicated for individual and shared antenna systems (S/MATV). Typical applications include distribution of DVB-T, FM/DAB and satellite TV signals (DVB-S/S2).
75 ohm Triset cables
50 ohm Trilan cables

List of Declarations of Performance of coaxial cables
compliant with CPR
Wave impedance
Reaction to fire
E1010TRISET-113 PROFI 75 ΩEca 
E1015TRISET-113  75 ΩEca
E1017TRISET-113 PE 75 ΩFca
E1019TRISET-113 HF  75 Ω  Dca 
E1025TRISET-11 PE  75 Ω  Fca 
E1027 TRISET-11 HF    75 Ω Cca 
E1220 Tri-Shield DIPOLNET  75 Ω Eca 
E1230 DIPOLNET    75 ΩEca
E1231 DIPOLNET PE  75 ΩFca
E1171Tri-Lan 240 PE  50 Ω Fca
E1172Tri-Lan 240  50 ΩEca
E1173Tri-Lan 400 PE 50 ΩFca
M5995CAMSET/YAR  75 Ω Eca 

Twisted pair cables are used for data transmission in telecommunications and computer networks, mostly in Ethernet networks installed in buildings (structural cabling). They are composed of one or more pairs of twisted isolated wires. Twisting minimizes the effects of external and internal (crosstalk) electromagnetic interference.
NetSet cables for structural cabling

List of Declarations of Performance of twisted-pair cables
compliant with CPR
CategoryReaction to fire
E1408NETSET U/UTP5e  Eca
E1410NETSET U/UTP PE+ żel 5e  Fca
E1515NETSET F/UTP 5e Eca