At the start
It all began in the year 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".