April 14, 2017

New European regulations for building products

Norme EN 50575Norme EN 50575

Safety of people and property is a subject that matters to all of us.


In 2010, 8 million fires were recorded : they caused nearly 800,000 injuries and 80,000 deaths, 30,000 of which were in Europe. Behind these gruesome figures, nearly 75% of the deaths recorded were not caused by burns but by asphyxiation due to inhaling toxic fumes and emitted gases.


It was therefore necessary to analyse the risks in order to improve fire prevention and consequently make everyone safer. From 1st July 2017, the European Union enacted the building products regulation no. 305/2011, RPC, setting essential criteria and requirements that need to be met by building products.


This makes it possible to establish a "common technical language" in order to harmonise testing and performance evaluation methods throughout all European countries. The objectives of this regulation therefore are to guarantee transparency on performance and quality of products and consequently the safety of people and property.


Cables, constituting a relatively large presence in a building, can have a significant impact during a fire. They are therefore subject to this regulation and must be evaluated to meet the requirements of the RPC from 1st July 2017.