CLARIFICATION REGARDING FIRE PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS BS 7671 AND BS 6701
BS 6701:2016 was amended in October 2017 to include new “reaction to fire” performance requirements for cables inside buildings and these requirements were based upon products of a given “Euro”Class in accordance with the Construction Products Regulation. This was felt to be necessary because the 18th Edition of BS 7671 was intended to specify the requirements of LV power cables leaving the requirements for telecommunications cables to be specified within BS 6701.
Unfortunately, certain elements of our joint industries (including the British Cable Association in their Position Paper entitled “BS 6701:2016+A1:2017”) are confusing the situation by suggesting that telecommunications cables have to meet both the requirements of BS 6701 and BS 7671. This was never the intention of the proposals for the two documents.
This White Paper explains the background to the situation and lays out, in unequivocal form, the actual objectives.