Step 2: Comment Stage

Public Comment. Once the First Draft Report becomes available, there is a public comment period during which anyone may submit a Public Comment on the First Draft. Any objections or further related changes to the content of the First Draft must be submitted at the Comment stage. After the Public Comment closing date is published, the Committee has a period of time to hold their Second Draft Meeting.

No Public Comments Received-Consent Document. Where no Public Comments are received and the Committee agrees that no Second Revisions are needed, the document does not continue through the Comment Stage and is sent directly to the Standards Council for issuance. Such documents are referred to as Consent Standards. When Public Comments are received and/or the Committee has additional revisions, a Second Draft Meeting is held and the Comment Stage continues.

Second Draft Meeting. After the Public Comment closing date, the Technical Committee or Panel holds their Second Draft Meeting. The Committee starts with the First Draft and makes any additional revisions to the draft Standard. All the Public Comments are considered, and the Committee provides an action and response to each Public Comment. The Committee will use the Public Comments in order to help develop Second Revisions to the Standard which results in a complete and fully integrated draft known as the Second Draft. Like the First Draft, the Second 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 Second Draft. The Second Revisions developed at the Second 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 Second Revisions, and each must be approved by two-thirds of the Committee to appear in the Second Draft. Any Second Revisions that do not pass the ballot appear in the Second Draft Report as Committee Comments.

Second Draft Report Posted. The Second Draft Report is posted on the NFPA website. The Second Draft Report serves as documentation of the Comment Stage and is published for public review. It consists of the Second Draft, Public Comments with corresponding Committee Actions and Committee Statements, Correlating Notes and their respective Committee Statements, Committee Comments, Correlating Revisions, and Ballot Statements. The Report also contains a list of Technical Committee and Correlating Committee Members. The public reviews the Report in order to decide if they want to submit a NITMAM (see Step 3). 

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