Thursday 18 May 2017, AFOR organized the 2nd Workshop in Slatina.
Theme: " CPR- or the ban on using indoor the outdoor cables starting with 1st July 2017"
As special guests were ASRO and OICPE (Independent Body for Certification of Electric and Electronic Products). It was talked about what CPR Regulation 305/2011 (Construction Product Regulation) and fire safety of cables, which are treated at the pile ( electrical cables, communication cables: CATV, copper and optical fibers). All cables and their 7 classes are to be marked with the CE marking and one of the first 6 classes starting 1st July 2017.
Date: May 18, 2017
2nd Workshop: CPR or outdoor fiber optic cables forbidden to be installed inside buildings starting 1st July 2017
Location: Slatina, fiber optic cable factory Prysmian
Participants: 21 people, from:
- OICPE (Independent Body for Certification of Electric and Electronic Products)
- AFOR and 2 of its members: Prysmian and R & M (manufacturers)
- 5 telecom operators (RCS & RDS, Telekom Romania, Vodafone, GTS Telecom and Euroweb) and
- 2 operators of power distribution networks (ENEL and Electrica Distribution Muntenia North).
Mrs. Bontea's message from MDRAP regarding the subject of this workshop, with some clarifications:
Chapter VII Designated and notified bodies
(1) Certification bodies, inspection bodies and testing laboratories shall be designated and notified to carry out the procedures for attesting the conformity of products.
(2) The competent authority for designating the bodies involved in the certification of product conformity is the Ministry of Development, Public Works and Housing, with the exception of specialized product family bodies to meet the fire safety requirement, for which the competent authority for designation is the Ministry of the Interior and Administrative Reform.
I specify that HG no. 622/2004 is under review and is expected to be approved by 30 Julie 2017.
- There were mentioned the discussions and the program from the first workshop regarding the installation of fiber optic cables in Romania, with the related standards (of which the most important is SR EN 50174-3: 2014) and 3 working groups for the next period , to which each participant is invited to join:
1. Fiber Optic Network Design - coordinator Paul Esanu
2. CPR - coordinator Cezar Lovin
3. Low currents (norm I18 / 1-2001) - coordinators Dorin Coman and Cornel Barbut
- ASRO's presentation highlighted among others:
CPR 305 has 6 application support standards, of which only SR EN 50575: 2015 is the only harmonized standard.
The CPR regulation is not only a standard that is optional, but mandatory in the EU territory, from 10 Julie 2016 and the marking of cables with CE is mandatory starting with 1st July 2017.
CPR 305/2011 refers to a product requirement to be proven and mentioned in a Performance Statement (DoP).
SR EN 50575: 2015 speaks of several cable characteristics, including Reaction to Fire (FIGRA) and Release of Dangerous Substances.
AFOR pointed out, in a presentation from a communications operator (SWISCOM in Switzerland) that the definition of fire extinguishing buildings / spaces / corners is made by each country. For example, Italy is requesting the indoor Bca class, while Germany imposes within buildings class Cca and Bca (own classification). As general recommendations:
The presentation of OICPE highlighted, among others, the followins aspects:
-OICPE has been operating since 2009 and April 2017 and it is the only agency accredited by RENAR for CPR on cables in Romania;
-in the CPR enters all overground constructions and not just the buildings (poles, including the lighting ones);
There have been a number of questions that have been discussed:
1. Should fiber optic accesories be marked or not?
Answer: Regulation 305/2011 provides nothing for accesories (at least until now).
2. Patches are considered cables (should they also be marked)?
Answer: No. But in practic are all LSZH (Low Smoke Zero Halogen).
3. What happens with old cables or ongoing projects (and OPGWs in the Electrical network)?
Answer: Remain as they were. The regulation only refers to new cables that will be purchased after July 1,2017.
4. Why should we need higher-grade fiber optic cables (B,C,D or E)?
Answer: For safety reasons, that people need in buildings.
5. What does a communication operator do to comply with CPR?
Answer: A communication operator has, at least, 3 essential things to follow and respect:
-the project needs to include cable classes and project verification, which must include SR EN 50575:2015
-purchasing the FO cables- must ask the suppliers for corresponding cables with CE and DoP markings
-at the reception of the works must be checked: the consistency of the work with the project, the quality certificates of the materials (cables) and the DoPs cable.
The major risk if nothing is done to implement the CPR in Romania is that someone else (from IGSU or electric cable manufacturers) imposes, like in Italy, that all fiber optic cables are class B, fact which would greatly increase the costs (the prices for cables on euroclasses vary exponentially from class E, D, C and B) of the implementation of telecommunication networks inside.
6. What are the CPR implementation solutions in Romania?
- Mrs. Bontea from MDRAP proposed, as options, for CPR implementation in Romania the following three options:
The participants agreed that the only solution feasible is only through MDRAP (update P118 / 1 and I18 / 1) and IGSU, possibly with the involvement or support of ANRE or the Ministry of Energy.
OICPE proposed to discuss further with the Cable Producers Association in Romania.
- The following workshops will be attended by representatives from MDRAP and INSCC.
- There will be 3 working groups for:
The CPR interested group will request a meeting with MDRAP and IGSU to convey a concrete proposal to classify classes by type of buildings and their destination.
The next workshop will be in the same location, in Slatina, starting at 10.00 am on Thursday, June 29, 2017: Indoor fiber optic cables.
In autumn 2017 we will continue the workshops in Bucharest, in a location that will be announced later. Please send us your suggestions for locations (for 30 to 50 people),discussion themes and constructive debates.