Projects and participants

CEMAC, CE MArking of Cables, is a project with the objective of supporting a smooth transfer from national reaction to fire requirements in Europe to harmonised CE-marking requirements. The starting point is the European Commission decision on classification criteria from 2006 and the test procedures referenced by the decision. The CEMAC project has improved the testing standards, developed procedures for Extended Application of Test Results, EXAP, and contributed with a large test data base. CEMAC is a co-operative scientific research between a group of independent research institutes and testing laboratories with the European Cable Industry. It is believed that the results will be used in the European system shortly.

European Cable Industry laboratories participating:
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Acome - France
The ACOME laboratories which are part of the ACOME Strategy Research and Technologies department are able to carry out all sorts of tests to qualify every new product. They have a COFRAC 17025 accreditation that certifies that the staff have the necessary expertise and approval to perform testing of fire behaviour in electrical equipment. It allows the ACOME laboratories to conduct officially-recognised testing for ACOME and external companies. ACOME, solutions for a connected world. Feel free to visit our web site :

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Draka – Netherlands
The laboratory at Draka Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, is a state of the art facility that is equipped to perform high-quality testing of cables.

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Draka – Germany
The laboratory at Draka Germany, located in Nürnberg, is a state of the art facility that is equipped to perform high-quality testing of cables.

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General Cable - Spain


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Nexans - France
The fire test laboratory is part of the Nexans Research Center based in Lyon-France. It’s activity is focused on the major International cable standards (reaction and resistance to fire) and is accredited by the COFRAC according to the ISO17025 standard.

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Nexans - Germany
The fire test laboratory is part of the Nexans Research Center based in Nuremberg-Germany. It’s activity is focused on the major International cable standards (reaction and resistance to fire) and is accredited by the DAkkS according to the ISO 17025 standard.

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Prysmian - UK
Prysmian UK fire test labs have over thirty years experience testing and developing fire performance cables accross the world. It's at the heart of our FP and Afumex range and we conduct thousands of tests every year from development of new cable and accessories, client witnessed tests and Europcable research testing.


Independent research institutes participating:
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Interscience Communications - UK
Intersience Communications is a UK based, Nationally acredetied fire testing laboratory whose scientists have pioneerd fire calorimetry and led the developeing tests used for asssing the Fire Properties of Electric Cables.

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ISSEP - Belgium
ISSeP is a state-owned company for environmental monitoring and risk assessment.

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L.S.Fire - Italy
L.S.Fire Testing Institute is a fire reaction laboratory for testing and researching, equipped with all the apparatus to test transport, building and textile products. L.S.Fire took part in several research works organized by ISO, CEN, EGOLF, etc.. and manages the Scientific Panel of TRANSFEU - Transport Fire Safety Engineering in the European Union research programme. LSFire performs several tests in the field of calorimetry, smoke and toxicity on cables both railway and building industry.

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SP - Sweden
SP-Technical Research Institute of Sweden is a leading international research and innovation institute focused on increasing the competitiveness and the sustainable development of industry.

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VDE - Germany
Das weltweit anerkannte VDE-Zeichen gilt als Synonym für höchste Prüfqualität und Sicherheitsstandards. Die Technologie- sowie Prüf- und Zertifizierungsgebiete des VDE: Elektrotechnik, Elektronik, Informations- und Medizintechnik sowie Automation.