What is a BASEC approved cable?

BASEC (British Approval Service for Cables) has been one of the major cable testing and certification services for both metallic and non-metallic cables and ancillary products, as well as Quality, Environmental and Health & Safety management systems. 

BASEC, like Tratos, operates in a large number of sectors covering all types of cable including Data Communications, Fire & Security, Construction, Rail, Renewable Energy, Power, Marine, Oil Gas & Petrochemical, Nuclear, Aerospace & Defence.

BASEC, originally the British Approvals Service for Electric Cables, was founded in 1971 to meet the needs of major cable manufacturers, installers and users of cable in the electrotechnical and quality standards community. BASEC stakeholders include the British Cables Association (representing the UK and multinational cable manufacturers), the Electrical Contractors Association (representing users) and many other professional bodies and organisations in the fire, electrical and safety sectors, including representation from overseas users.

BASEC’s world-class cable testing laboratory is the largest dedicated testing laboratory for cables in the UK testing an extensive range of cable types, including low voltage power distribution and final circuits, flexible cables, rubber cables, control and signal cables, communication cables, medium voltage cables, utility cables, industrial cables, transportation cables (marine, railway and automotive), fire-resistant and fire performance cables, low smoke halogen-free cables, renewable energy cables, special purpose cables. 

As an approvals organisation, BASEC is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and BASEC is the UK member of the European HAR scheme for harmonised cables. 

In the vitally important field of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) Fire Testing of cables, BASEC UK is recognised as one of the UK-approved body and issues certifications via the NB 2661 for System 1+ and System 3 UKCA marks.

BASEC Conformity Limited (BCL) – are recognised as a EU27 Notified Body registration number NB 2851 for System 1+ cables and issue certification covering the CE mark.

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