Why Quality Counts | REACH | RoSH | CPR
We are a one of the UK’s leading suppliers of Power Generation, Fire Performance and Communication cabling. Moving into our third decade as a company and 70 years’ worth of cabling knowledge within the business, Cables Britain has the platform to perform.
We’ve a strong working knowledge of all the styles of cables there are available and of the world’s key manufacturing plants. And using our experience we utilize our exhaustive appraisal procedures to establish long-term supplier and customer relationships which benefit everyone.
Solutions Through Partnerships Is Our Goal
The aim of Cables Britain is to stock and distribute electrical cable, systems and accessories from quality assessed sources that consistently meet the expectations of our customers.
To achieve this a Quality Management System based on BS EN ISO 9001: 2015 has been successfully implemented.
This provides the framework for measuring performance and is fundamental in establishing and reviewing our quality objectives.
All members of the company are fully committed to achieving this policy and to ensure that our Quality Management System is effective and constantly improved.
In House Quality Assurance
All products that pass through the CBL supply chain are rigorously tested and inspected by our qualified personnel to the relevant order standards.
This includes but is not limited to physical, mechanical, dimensional and electrical measurements which are subsequently analysed to ensure compliance with cables design and regulations. Full documentation held on file within our quality system.
RoHS, also known as Lead-Free, stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances. RoHS, also known as Directive 2002/95/EC, originated in the European Union and restricts the use of six hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products.
All applicable products in the EU market after July 1, 2006 must pass RoHS compliance. RoHS impacts the entire electronics industry and many electrical products as well.
RoHS specifies maximum levels for the following six restricted materials:
- Lead (Pb): < 1000 ppm
- Mercury (Hg): < 100 ppm
- Cadmium (Cd): < 100 ppm
- Hexavalent Chromium: (Cr VI) < 1000 ppm
- Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB): < 1000 ppm
- Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE): < 1000 ppm
CBL ensure the products we supply comply with this regulation.
REACH is a European Union regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of Chemicals. REACH is a European Union regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals. It came into force on 1st June 2007 and replaced a number of European Directives and Regulations with a single system.
REACH has several aims:
- To provide a high level of protection of human health and the environment from the use of chemicals.
- To make the people who place chemicals on the market (manufacturers and importers responsible for understanding and managing the risks associated with their use.)
- To allow the free movement of substances on the EU market.
- To enhance innovation in and the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry.
- To promote the use of alternative methods for the assessment of the hazardous properties of substances e.g. quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR) and read across.
Scope and exemptions
REACH applies to substances manufactured or imported into the EU in quantities of 1 tonne or more per year.
Generally, it applies to all individual chemical substances on their own, in preparations or in articles (if the substance is intended to be released during normal and reasonably foreseeable conditions of use from an article).
Construction Products Regulation BS EN 50575 – CABLES
The official date for implementation of Construction Products Regulation (CPR) for cables is July 1st 2017.
The regulation necessitates that all cable products that are permanently installed in a building or civil works that are placed on the market, for the first time, after June 30th 2017 must be CPR compliant with BS EN 50575. There is no requirement, at present, for Fire Resistant cables to comply.
Cable product available within the EU supply chain prior to July 1st 2017 may be legitimately sold after that date without CPR labelling.
CPR 50575 is a European Commission requirement in order to benchmark product characteristics regarding reaction to fire and the release of dangerous substances. Therefore, the regulation is not a guarantee of product quality and electrical performance. Detailed electrical performance characteristics are subject to the provisions of other relevant directives, standards and regulations i.e. the Low Voltage directive and specific British Standards (BS) and European norms (HAR) relating to cables.
CBL will now include the necessary CPR product classification, Notified Body licence reference and Declaration of Performance (DoP) number for cables within this standards scope manufacture after 30th June 2017.
We are aware that our customers will require cable product that is CPR labelled from July 1st and will be working closely with our partners during this transition period in order to implement this requirement.
Some substances are specifically excluded:
- Radioactive substances
- Substances under customs supervision
- The transport of substances
- Non-isolated intermediates
- Some naturally occurring low-hazard substances
Some substances, covered by more specific legislation, have tailored provisions, including:
- Human and veterinary medicines
- Food and foodstuff additives
- Plant protection products and biocides
Other substances have tailored provisions within the REACH legislation, as long they are used in specified conditions:
- Isolated intermediates
- Substances used for research and development
As per REACH guidelines CBL currently have no requirement to register products we import with the central European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).