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1st February 2019 ​“An association is credible as long as it is truly representative. It is only worthwhile if it adds value, has authority, stays informed and plays its part as a force for higher standards and best practices.”
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18th December 2018 - The Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) is advising contractors and distributors to check their cable choices carefully following the discovery of significant quantities of substandard arctic grade flex this year.
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4th December 2018 - The Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) is highlighting the issue of unsafe and substandard cable through a series of Infographics.
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19th November 2018 - Here ACI supporter Martin Boorman raises the issue of enhanced PVC cables being promoted under a Fire Hazard cables banner and the misuse of the Low Smoke and Halogen Free label.
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21st September 2018 - ​Unsafe flexible cord, intended for use in domestic and industrial applications, has been found on sale in the UK, prompting the ACI to issue a fresh alert to the electrical supply chain. The latest find of substandard flexible cords is…
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5th April 2018 - Market surveillance by the Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) has revealed significant quantities of substandard pre-assembled industrial extension leads on sale in the UK.
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26th March 2018 - The Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) believes there has been a 15% fall in incidents of accidental electrical fires attributed to wiring, cables or plugs, since it launched its Initiative in 2010.
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5th February 2018 - ​Italian cable company, La Triveneta Cavi (LTC), has confirmed it experienced a production fault last year that resulted in flexible cord cable, with exposed copper conductors, on sale in the UK, reports the Approved Cables Initiative…
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18th December 2017 - ​With the UK having already experienced some severe winter weather, the ACI is advising contractors and distributors to check their cable choices carefully following the discovery of significant quantities of substandard arctic grade flex.
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16th November 2017- Dangerous flexible cord cable that could cause injury or death has been found on sale in the UK following random market place sampling by the Approved Cables Initiative (ACI).

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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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