BSI Kitemark for Cable Management
Certification scheme for manufacturers of products to manage power and data cables
The BSI Kitemark for Cable Management, introduced in 2015, gives the manufacturers of products that separate, secure and protect cables supplying power and communications to buildings, the chance to demonstrate their commitment to quality and continual improvement.
To achieve the Kitemark, organizations must be certified to ISO 9001, the international standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS), as well as international standards for the quality and safety of products. Certification demonstrates that products are being correctly made, and that there are procedures in place to maintain the right standards.
The certification process
Product tests, which take place either at manufacturers’ own sites or BSI centres, are rigorous, and include dimensional, load, material conformity and electrical safety checks.
Inspectors also assess internal quality-control systems, auditing working practices, facilities and equipment, and ensuring that the correct procedures are in place to identify staff training needs.
Ongoing quality assurance
Like all BSI Kitemarks, the Cable Management Kitemark is not awarded ‘for life’. Inspectors return every 12 months to make sure manufacturers and their products still qualify. This helps ensure the credibility of the scheme, and win the confidence of the buyers of cable management products.
Scope of the scheme
The Kitemark scheme covers all common cable management products, including:
- Rigid, pliable and flexible conduit systems and conduit systems buried underground
- Cable tray systems and cable ladder systems
- Cable trunking and cable ducting systems
- Metal channel cable support systems
BSI inspectors assess whether these systems meet the specifications set down in the relevant standards - BS EN 61386, BS EN 61537, BS EN 50085 and BS EN 6946.
The business benefits
- Demonstrates commitment to quality, safety and best practice
- Supports and strengthens manufacturers’ internal systems for quality management and control
- Provides independent, external monitoring of sites and production methods
- Helps ‘embed’ a culture of continual improvement