Installers/Contractors

Many installers don’t understand the products they buy and rely on wholesalers to provide the right advice. Worryingly when supplied with non-approved cable from a trusted source they often won’t question the product.

Similarly knowledge of specifications, cable standards, identifying compliant and non-compliant cable isn’t robust.

While sub-standard cable isn’t always visible to the untrained eye and what may look like a good purchase could be a costly mistake, there are simple procedures as part of a purchase and installation process that can help identify an issue and eliminate risk. These can be found in our Pocket Guide to ordering cable

Contractors should also investigate cables on site or in wholesaler branches:

  • Look for incorrect marking
  • Does the cable supplied fulfil the standard noted?
  • Is the copper content and diameter right for the size of the cable?

Any suspect cable should be reported to the ACI and where possible photographic evidence taken to help an ACI investigate further e.g. drum and reel labels, batch numbers, country of origin, importer/distributor, cable type and size range.

If possible obtaining a 2m cable sample will allow the ACI to conduct necessary tests.

Legislation & Guidelines

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Guidance Videos

Contractors - are you CPR ready?

Contractors - are you CPR ready?

From 1st July 2017, Reaction to Fire cable requires a Declaration of Performance (DoP) and CE Marking under CPR.
Cable manufacturers - are you CPR ready?

Cable manufacturers - are you CPR ready?

From 1st July 2017, Reaction to Fire cable requires a Declaration of Performance (DoP) and CE Marking under CPR.
Specifiers – are you CPR ready?

Specifiers – are you CPR ready?

From 1st July 2017, Reaction to Fire cable requires a Declaration of Performance (DoP) and CE Marking under CPR.
Wholesalers - are you CPR ready?

Wholesalers - are you CPR ready?

From 1st July 2017, Reaction to Fire cable requires a Declaration of Performance (DoP) and CE Marking under CPR.
ACI Fake Britain Video

ACI Fake Britain Video

The TV programme investigated and found cables being used that do not comply with British Safety Standards
Better behaved cable

Better behaved cable

If the purchase doesn’t feel right then it probably isn’t
Speak the right language

Speak the right language

What’s written on the cable may not be what you buy
Dressed to impress

Dressed to impress

Some cables are deliberately under specified when

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