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At the start

COPRO has been founded in 1983. 

The adjudicative authorities had, and still have, the legal obligation of controlling that products integrated on road works meet to the requirements defined by specifications. Administrators as well as building contractors felt concerned about, but they generally had no time and no experience enough to fulfil the task competently. 

According to the Belgian decree on "general building conditions" the task could be delegated to an impartial organism. 
For that purpose, the two groups concerned worked on and created an (independent) impartial organism of control.

  • The first group involved was formed by the Belgian authorities, and the representatives of the three Belgian political Regions.
  • The second group consisted of the Federation of building contractors for road works.

This is how COPRO was born! COPRO is the abbreviation for "COntrol of PROducts". 

Objective

Since then, the main objective of COPRO is to organize, coordinate, harmonize and encourage quality in the construction sector. Concretely, this objective can be realized by means of controls of quality on construction products as on their integration on sites.

Organization

General Assembly

Effective Members

Public Institutions
Flemish Region Mr. Filip Boelaert -  President
Ms. Eva Van den Bossche
Mr. Pieter De Winne
Brussels-Capital Region Ms. Ilse Wuyts
Mr. Vincent Thibert
Building contractors
VlaWeBo - Antwerpen Mr. Yves Ulens - Vice-president
FBEV - BFAW Mr. Bernard Cornez 
FBEV - BFAW - Brussels Mr. Yvo Derdaele
VlaWeBo - Limburg Mr. Erik Keijers
VlaWeBo - Oost-Vlaanderen Mr. Tom Willemen
VlaWeBo - Vlaams Brabant Mr. Herman Dekempeneer
VlaWeBo - West-Vlaanderen Ms. Ingrid De Vriese
FWEV - Brabant wallon Mr. William Haulotte
FWEV - Hainaut Mr. Jean Baes
FWEV - Liège Mr. Etienne Jardinet
FWEV - Luxembourg Mr. Pol Hanoul
FWEV - Namur Mr. Jean-Jacques Nonet
Bouwunie Infrastructuurwerken Mr. Jerome Vanroye

Joining members

Belfill Mr. Patrick Ammerlaan
GMA - Geo Measuring Ms. Géraldine Welvaert
Labo Laborex Mr. Serge Vermeren

COPRO is an impartial organism and a non-profit-making organization. 

The General Assembly is the “upper representative“ of COPRO. It consists of effective members and joining members. 

The “effective” members are legal personae that belong to one of the two founder groups. 

The public institutions , that is the representatives of the Belgian authorities and the three Belgian political Regions, represent 50 % of the votes. They choose the president of the General Assembly.

The building contractors represent 50 % of the votes as well. They choose the vice-president of the General Assembly. At the present time, this group is formed by:

  •   la FBEV- de BFAW (The Belgian federation of building contractors for road works),
  •   the provincial divisions of 
    •  VlaWeBo (Flemish federation of building contractors for road works),
    •  FWEV (Walloon federation of building contractors for road works),
  •   de Bouwunie-infrastructuur (Flemish Union of SME-Construction).

Other legal personae can become joining members of COPRO on proposition of the General Assembly, however without getting the right to vote. 

Board of Directors

Public Institutions

Flemish Region Mr. Filip Boelaert - President
Ms. Eva Van den Bossche
Mr. Pieter De Winne
Brussels-Capital Region Ms. Ilse Wuyts

Building Contractors

The Belgian federation of building contractors for road works (la FBEV- de BFAW) Mr. Yves Ulens - Vice-president
Mr. Yvo Derdaele
Mr. Eli Desmedt
Mr. Etienne Jardinet
Mr. Pol Hanoul
Mr. Bernard Cornez 
Mr. Jerome Vanroye
 

COPRO is managed by a Board of Directors
The Directors are chosen by: 

  • The public institutions and
  • The building contractors

External Organization

The external organization of COPRO runs as follows: 

General assembly

  • Group of public institutions
  • Group of building contractors

Board of Administration

  • Group of public institutions
  • Group of building contractors

Administration Committee

  • Chairman Board of Administration
  • Vice-chairman Board of Administration
  • CEO

Regional Committees

  • Members General Assembly and Board of a Concerned customers
  • Concerned groupings

Customers

  • Individual products
  • Publical property developers
  • Private property developers
  • Other certification institutions
  • Other control institutions
  • A third party

Committees and Working groups

  • Advisory body
  • Certification committees
  • Professional committees
  • European sectorgroups
  • Norm Committees
  • Advisory Committee
  • Several working groups

Quality supervision

  • BELAC

Impartiality

The structure of COPRO as a 'third party' guarantees its independence vis-à-vis the parties that avail themselves of it. COPRO's statutory objective also excludes it from itself being the designer, supplier, purchaser, owner or user of the products in relation to which it is called on or involved as such or from acting as a representative for these products.

The impartiality of COPRO is guaranteed by the constitution of its organs:

Administrative

  • General Assembly
  • Board of Directors
  • Governing committee

To ensure the expertise and independence of its certification activities, COPRO has established several committees, including a supervisory Advisory Committee and various advisory boards or sectoral commissions.

The Advisory Committee has the task of ensuring the impartiality of the activities of the certification body through, e.g.:

  • advice on the independent operation of the various advisory boards;
  • advice on the impartiality of the certification activities of the certification body;
  • advice on the objectivity and feasibility and reliability of the certification activities of the certification body;
  • advice on the identified risks and the measures taken with regard to impartiality and potential conflicts of interest.

The Advisory Committee is composed of representatives of all demonstrably interested and knowledgeable parties active in the sector.

A special advisory board or sectoral commission shall be established for each Implementing Regulation, and therefore for each product, which is responsible for managing and monitoring the use of the COPRO or BENOR mark for the product in question.

This specialised technical advisory board or sectoral commission deals with the technical aspects of certification, determines the rules to be applied to a specific COPRO or BENOR certification (by preparing and modifying the Technical Prescriptions and Application Regulations), and the desired level of quality for which the COPRO or BENOR mark must act as guarantor.

The advisory board or sectoral commission is composed of representatives of all the demonstrably interested and knowledgeable parties in the area of the product in question.

The impartiality of COPRO is confirmed by the FPS-Economy and is audited by BELAC (Belgian Organization for Accreditation).

COPRO is

  • Recognized by the Belgian Government as
    • organism of control             nr. 514-C/002
    • organism of certification      nr. 514-D/002
  • Accredited by BELAC as
    • inspection body         nr. 107-INSP
    • products certification body      nr. 107-PROD
    • certification body for quality systems      nr. 107-QMS
  • Notified by Europe for CE-marking as notified body nr. 1137

Contact & Location


Z.1. Researchpark
Kranenberg 190
1731 Zellik (Asse)
 02 468 00 95
 info@copro.eu