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Virtually every building, process, service, design, and installation is affected by NFPA’s 300+ codes and standards. Our codes and standards, all available for free online access, reflect changing industry needs and evolving technologies, supported by research and development, and practical experience.
NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC) Softbound, 2017 Edition
Update to the 2017 edition of NFPA 70®: National Electrical Code® (NEC®) from NFPA to protect lives and property in a rapidly changing electrical environment.
NFPA 13: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, 2016 Edition
Get updated requirements on automatic sprinkler system design, installation, and acceptance testing; hanging and bracing systems; underground piping, and more with the 2016 NFPA 13.
Standards development process
One of the most notable features about NFPA’s code development process is that it is open and consensus-based. That means anybody can participate in the development of these important documents. All NFPA codes and standards are periodically reviewed by more than 8,500 volunteer committee members with a wide range of professional expertise.
NFPA Standards Directory
A free guide to the NFPA standards process. Includes rules and guidelines, Technical projects and scopes, revision cycle schedules for processing Committee reports, and much more.
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Understand the process
Our free brochure, "An Introduction to the NFPA Standards Development Process" explains - step-by-step - how all NFPA standards are revised and updated every three to five years, in revision cycles that begin twice each year.
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Resources for CMS requirements
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires healthcare facilities to use the 2012 editions of NFPA 101® and NFPA 99 - and we've got you covered with training, certification, and other resources.
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NFPA 1: Fire Code, 2015 Edition
Apply the 2015 NFPA 1: Fire Code to be confident buildings and facilities make the grade for fire protection and life safety.