Memorandum of association

1. The Name of the Association

The name of the Association hereinafter called "the Association" is "The European GPR Association".

2. The Objects of the Association

The objects for which the Association is established are:

  1. To improve, extend and rationalise the professional standards of firms and corporations offering GPR surveys within Europe.
  2. To establish and maintain relations with European governments, departments, ministries, statutory undertakers and other organisations so as to create and safeguard co-operation, understanding, standards and efficiency and generally facilitate the conduct of member firms and corporations.
  3. To provide a medium through which members of the Association can consult with each other on all matters of interest to them and to afford a means whereby, the procedure, practice and knowledge of their profession may be coordinated and published.
  4. To organise, sponsor and participate in conferences, exhibitions, or missions in any part of the world.
  5. To provide and operate a central library for the collection of all types of information of value to the members of the Association and to print, publish, circulate and otherwise make available the same to the members of the Association and other approved organisations.
  6. To set standards relevant to the industry from time to time, and negotiate with the relevant authorities the use of these, at the same time encouraging their use by Association members.
  7. To provide a vehicle to give advice and assistance to members of the Association on any matter arising in the course of their practice.
  8. To provide a vehicle whereby members of the Association can liaise with universities, institutions, colleges and companies conducting courses on all matters of mutual interest or convenience,
  9. To liaise with manufacturers, suppliers, trade associations and other industries on matters of mutual interest.
  10. To employ advisers or workers in connection with the objects of the Association and to pay, therefore such fees or remuneration as may be thought expedient.
  11. To do all such other things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objects or any of them.

Provided that:

The objects of the Association shall not extend to the regulation of relations between workers and employers or organisations of workers and organisations of employers.

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EuroGPR code of practice for the use of GPR systems

The modern world relies upon a wide variety of radio systems for many diverse activities from systems upon which the safety of life depends, through communications and broadcasting to many other activities. The many diverse systems operate successfully together because the compatibility issue for each has been carefully considered in terms of the context of the radio spectrum. Systems usually operate successfully together, but on occasions because of exceptional situations interference may occur.

In this context GPR systems are no different from other radio systems. The radiation emitted from GPR systems has been carefully evaluated as part of the licensing process, and it is most unlikely that GPR systems will interfere with other radio systems. EuroGPR developed a Code of Practice to ensure that even these unlikely events are effectively managed and GPR users made aware of them and appropriate procedures adopted.

EuroGPR code of practice has been endorsed by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) as ETSI EG 202 730

ยป ETSI EG 202 730, Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Code of Practice in respect of the control, use and application of Ground Probing Radar (GPR) and Wall Probing Radar (WPR) systems and equipment (2009)

Code of Ethics

Membership of the European GPR Association, of any class, is open only to those who conform to the established principles of conduct.

The following Ethical Code is deemed to have been agreed by all Members from the time of application through to resignation.

  1. To conduct all professional work whether including the use of GPR or not, in a spirit of fidelity, honour and fairness to all clients, employers, employees and contractors alike.
  2. To treat either all knowledge of the business affairs or all information acquired through the course of any contractual arrangements with clients and employers as confidential unless specifically released from the obligation by that client or employer.
  3. To disclose to any client or employer any business connection, interest or affiliation which might influence impartial judgement or impair the disinterested quality of the service provided.
  4. To accept financial compensation for a particular service from one source only, unless it is accepted with the full knowledge and consent of all interested parties.
  5. To provide a service to any client or employer which avoids making insupportable claims for any method, technique or instrument, and to make clear when novel research is being carried out as opposed to accepted practice.
  6. To use the information that can be found by GPR techniques at all times in a manner to inform and assist clients and employers by the provision of provable and supportable factual data, together with, but clearly separated from, reasonable assumption and inference.
  7. To refrain from associating with, or knowingly allowing, the use of your name by any enterprise of questionable standard or quality.
  8. To advertise only in a manner consistent with the high ideals of the Association and to refrain from using improper, questionable or insupportable claims when soliciting for professional work.
  9. To avoid injuring others, their property, reputation, or employment by false or malicious action.
  10. To co-operate with all other members of the Association by the interchange of general information and experience, and to forward the use of GPR techniques to the general public benefit.