Step 4: Council Appeals and Issuance of Standard

 One of the primary responsibilities of the NFPA Standards Council, as the overseer of the NFPA standards development process, is to act as the official issuer of all NFPA codes and standards.

Consent Standards. Some Standards receive no controversial proposed changes, and therefore, no NITMAMs are filed. In some cases, NITMAMs are submitted on Standards up for revision, but none of the NITMAMs are certified as proper by the Motions Committee. In both these cases where no NITMAMs are submitted or no NITMAMs are certified as proper for a specific Standard, the Standard is not placed on the agenda for the NFPA Technical Meeting, but is instead sent directly to the Standards Council for issuance. Such Standards are referred to as Consent Standards.

Issuance of Standards. When the Standards Council convenes to issue an NFPA Standard it also hears any appeals related to the Standard. Appeals are an important part of assuring that all NFPA rules have been followed and that due process and fairness have been upheld throughout the standards development process. The Council considers appeals both in writing and through the conduct of hearings at which all interested parties can participate. It decides appeals based on the entire record of the process as well as all submissions on the appeal. After deciding all appeals related to a Standard before it, the Council, if appropriate, proceeds to issue the Standard as an official NFPA Standard. Subject only to limited review by the NFPA Board of Directors, the decision of the Standards Council is final, and the new NFPA Standard becomes effective twenty days after Standards Council issuance.

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