As soon as the current edition is published, the development of the revised edition begins. A new or revised NFPA Standard enters one of two revision cycles available each year (annual or fall cycle). The revision cycle begins with the acceptance of Public Input, the public notice asking for any interested party to submit input
on an existing Standard or a committee-approved new draft Standard. The Call for Public Input
is published in NFPA News
, the U.S. Federal Register
, the American National Standards Institute’s Standards Action
, on NFPA’s website, and other publications. The electronic submission system is available on NFPA’s website on the document’s information page at www.nfpa.org/document#
). After the Public Input closing date, the Committee or Panel has a period after the closing date to hold their First Draft Meeting.
First Draft Meeting. After the Public Input closing date, the Technical Committee or Panel holds their First Draft Meeting where the Committee revises the Standard. The Committee considers and provides a response to all Public Input. The Committee will use the input in order to help develop First Revisions to the Standard which results in a complete and fully integrated draft known as the First Draft. The First Draft has initial agreement by the Committee based on a simple majority vote during the Meeting to establish a consensus. The final position of the Committee is established by a ballot.
Committee Ballot on First Draft. The First Revisions developed at the First Draft Meeting are balloted; this means that the text the Committee wants revised in the Standard is on the ballot for approval by the Committee. Committee-approved revisions are called First Revisions, and each must be approved by two-thirds of the Committee to appear in the First Draft. Any First Revisions that do not pass the ballot appear in the First Draft Report as Committee Inputs.
First Draft Report Posted. The First Draft Report is posted on the NFPA website. The First Draft Report serves as documentation of the Input Stage and is published for public review and comment. The First Draft Report consists of the First Draft, Public Input, Committee Input, Committee and Correlating Committee Statements, Correlating Input, Correlating Notes, and Ballot Statements. The Report also contains a list of Technical Committee and Correlating Committee Members. The public reviews the First Draft Report in order to submit Public Comments on the First Draft, leading to the next stage of the process.