New ACI videos simplify Reaction to Fire cables message

Reaction to Fire cables videos

From 1 July 2017, reaction to fire cable with a Reaction to Fire requires a Declaration of Performance (DoP) and CE marking under the Construction Products Regulations (CPR). The Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) has developed an online video campaign to highlight CPR requirements and how they affect the cable industry.

The campaign, which launched on 5 June 2017, targets four key audiences and complements a range of animated videos launched by the ACI earlier this year. The four videos target contractors, wholesalers, distributors, specifiers, designers and manufacturers; spelling out each group’s specific responsibilities and what changes from 1 July.

Watch the video (for contractors)

Peter Smeeth, of the Approved Cables Initiative said “We are using this medium to support our existing communications activity.

"Our target audiences look more and more to online material to find answers and there are a wide range of channels for sharing this information.

"The ACI has been concerned by the level of misinformation around CPR and to this end we have produced these videos to offer a quick explanation of what is required.”

“It is also to remind those in the supply chain that the ACI will proactively police the market for non-compliant cable product and bring to the attention of relevant UK authorities all breaches of CPR Certification and Approval.

"Trading Standards will also make market checks and there are penalties for putting product on the market that is not CPR compliant.”

Who are the ACI?

The ACI launched in 2010 to address the issues of unsafe, non-approved and sub-standard cables entering the UK market place.

The ACI gives guidance to the cable supply chain, and where it identifies suspect cable, contact is made with relevant importers, distributors, manufacturers and results are published.

ACI wants all cable sold and bought for UK installation to conform to British (or relevant European/International) standards and to be independently third party approved.

Part of the ACI’s work involves lobbying government to reinforce current legislation and to promote independent third party approval for all cable sold in the UK.

Further information

View all of the ACI guidance videos.


Please Note: Every care was taken to ensure the information was correct at the time of publication. Any written guidance provided does not replace the user’s professional judgement. It is the responsibility of the dutyholder or person carrying out the work to ensure compliance with relevant building regulations or applicable technical standards.


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