EPERC: European Pressure Equipment Research Council: An example of networking in the EU in the field of structural integrity
Several European institutions and organizations together with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) have developed co-operative programmes for mutual benefit organised as networks. This paper describes the general structure and objective of these networks. Particular emphasis is given to the European Pressure Equipment Research Council (EPERC) which is a European Network of industries, research laboratories, inspection bodies and governmental institutions set up to foster co-operative research for the greater benefit of the European industry. The concept of a European Research Council originated at the Pressure Vessel Research Council (PVRC) meeting in Cannes in 1989. Since this time volunteers from the industry, research laboratories and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, Petten have worked together to create a statute for EPERC. In the present context of the pressure equipment industry, the creation of EPERC is extremely pertinent, since in the near future, a European Council directive on pressure equipment will replace the existing national regulations. In parallel to this, work is in progress for the elaboration of European Standards. It is useful to recall that Harmonized Standards will be the privileged means of complying with the Essential Safety Requirements of the directive.
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 3rd International Alexandria Conference on Heat Exchangers and Boilers, Alexandria (EG) 5-6 April, 1997
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 40850 ORA
Record Number: 199711248 / Last updated on: 1997-10-10
Original language: en
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