Formed in 1989 as the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories, FEHRL provides a structure for the coordination of road and transport infrastructure research. Comprising members from over thirty European nations and international affiliates from USA, Australia, Israel and South Africa, FEHRL’s aim is to encourage collaborative research and knowledge transfer as well as to provide relevant knowledge and advice to governments, the European Commission, the road industry and road users on related technologies and policies. Through the national groups established in many countries, the national research centres are complemented by a dozen universities and RTOs. FEHRL has a permanent presence in Brussels for the coordination of activities with other organisations, communications, dissemination, training and events.
FEHRL is also a member of ECCREDI (The European Council for Construction Research, Development and Innovation), of the European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP) and the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC).
In support of its objectives to encourage the better prioritization of research activities and research, since 1992 FEHRL has published a series of Strategic European Road Research Programmes (SERRP), the last of which was published in 2011. These documents were developed in conjunction with the principal organization involved in highway operation in Europe, including the Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR).