About us




FEHRL was formed in 1989 in the United Kingdom by the Directors of road research institutes of thirteen countries. Since then its primary objective has been to provide opportunities for identifying research priorities and to create a positive climate for cooperation between its institutes. Over 30 years the memberships and associates has grown to thirty-one countries, including members throughout the EU states, EFTA countries, Eastern and Central European countries, but also the USA, South Africa and Israel. In 2000, FEHRL became an international association, with its registered office in Brussels.


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Cick on the link below to get an overview of all our FEHRL institute members and click on the drop down link for futher information in the national language of each one. 


FEHRL is governed by a General Assembly from whom a President and vice-President(s) are elected to serve for three years. The Board meets at least twice per year to conduct the business of FEHRL, and to ensure that the objectives are being vigorously pursued. The structure of FEHRL is described here.
The President, Vice-President(s) and other elected General Assembly members constitute a FEHRL Supervisory Board which has the function of overseeing the activities of the Association. 
The FEHRL Executive Committee (FEC) is responsible for the legal and contractual aspects of FEHRL operations. They supervise the on-going research programme and appoint project managers. The FEC assess the risks and benefits of project proposals initiated by the FEHRL Research Area Leaders (RALs) and Research Coordinators (RC), especially the management and financial risk for the Association which they manage on behalf of the Board. The members of the FEC are the signatories on all FEHRL contracts. 
The development of collaborative activities are organised through the RALs and RCs. The latter from all institutes facilitate exchange on a wide range of research and technical matters concerning roads. RCs provide a flexible and effective link between the General Assembly and Presidency, FEC, Secretariat and the FEHRL Institutes.  RCs initiate Task Forces to assist in the formulation of activites on individual technical topics. The FOREX Working Group, meanwhile, develops FEHRL's flagship Forever Open Road programme and elements.
The FEHRL Secretariat in Brussels supports the activities of the Association and acts as focal point for the development of new opportunities for collaboration and knowledge dissemination.


Who we are?

FEHRL – the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories – is an
international association comprising over 30 national research and technical institutes from across Europe. Associates from non-European countries provide FEHRL with strong links to the considerable research capacity available globally.

Our mission and objectives

FEHRL's mission is to promote and facilitate collaboration on road research and provide high-quality information and advice on technologies and policies related to roads. Staffs from the national institutes provide the technical input for all projects.Through the specification and delivery of research, FEHRL's main objectives are to:
• Provide scientific input to European and national government policy on highway engineering and road transport matters;
Create and maintain an efficient and safe road and infrastructure network;

Increase innovation in road and infrastructure construction and related industries;
• Improve the energy efficiency of road and infrastructure engineering and operations;
Protect the environment and improve the quality of life