New projects and draft documents

Submit a request for a new project
Download a new project initiation form (doc, 26 KB).

Requests are forwarded to the NFPA Standards Council for a preliminary review. If deemed appropriate, the Council directs that a notice be published in NFPA News. This notice asks for information or resources on the subject matter, the names of those interested in participating on the Committee (if established), the names of other organizations actively involved with this subject, and whether there is a need for such a project. The Standards Council then reviews the proposed project/document and any public comments generated by the notice. If the Standards Council does determine the need for the proposed project it either assigns the project to an existing Technical Committee or establishes a new committee.

New projects

The NFPA Standards Council has received the following new project request and is currently soliciting comments by September 12, 2017:

  • Fire Test for Wall Panels
    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is considering the development of an ANSI Accredited Standard addressing the combustibility of exterior and interior wall panels. This test method would be based on the existing 16 ft. Parallel Panel Test from the FM Approvals Standard 4880, involving two facing vertical wall panels exposed to a 360 kW propane gas ignition source, representing a direct adjacent exposure. The parallel panel placement creates a re-radiation effect, representing severe exposures. The pass/fail criteria would be based on heat release rates measured under a calorimeter (1.5 MW minimum). This test would provide a cost effective solution to the other larger full-scale tests, such as the 25 to 50 ft high corner tests.
     
    NFPA is seeking comments from all interested organizations and individuals to gauge whether support exists for standards development on a new wall panel fire test. Specifically, please submit your comments to the following:

    1. Are you, or your organization, in favor of the development of an NFPA Standard pertaining to a fire test for wall panels?
    2. Please state your reason(s) for supporting or opposing such standards development.
    3. Are you, or your organization, in favor of the development of an NFPA Standard to establish a new fire test for wall panels?

    Please submit all comments, in support or opposition, to the proposed standards development of fire test for wall panels by the deadline.

    Submit public comments
    Deadline: September 12, 2017


The following new committees/documents were approved by the Standards Council at its April 2017 meeting:

  • Electrical Inspections and Electrical Plan Review
    The Council approved the development of a project on electrical inspector professional qualifications.  The Council also approved the title of the project and committee scope as follows:

    Approved Committee Title: Technical Committee on Electrical Inspection Practices

    Approved Committee Scope: This Committee shall have primary responsibility for documents on the requirements for professional qualifications, professional competence, training, procedures, and equipment for electrical inspections and electrical plans examinations. 

    Submit an online application for the Committee on Electrical Inspection Practices
  • Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter Scenarios and Incidents
    The Council approved the request of Chief Otto Drozd, Orange County Fire Rescue Department to develop a standard for preparedness and response to active shooter scenarios and incidents.  The Council also approved the title of the project and committee scope as follows:

    Approved Committee Title: Technical Committee for Cross Functional Emergency Preparedness and Response

    Approved Committee Scope: This Committee shall have primary responsibility for documents relating to the preparedness, planning and response to cross functional, multi-discipline, and cross coordinated emergency events that are not already established by the NFPA. This includes all documents that establish criteria for the professional qualifications of those who are responsible for preparation, planning, exercising, and responding to cross functional, cross jurisdictional events.

Draft documents

The preliminary draft of a proposed new NFPA Standard is made available to allow the public to view the drafts and submit public input. These preliminary drafts are works in progress and as such have no official status. They are available solely for use in submitting public input and are not intended for any other use. 

Public input sought on the following preliminary drafts:

  • NFPA 1082, Standard for Facilities Safety Director Professional Qualifications: 7/28/2017

The public input closing date has passed for the following proposed new NFPA Standards (First Draft Report available: 2/28/2018):

  • NFPA 1300, Standard on Community Risk Assessment and Community Risk Reduction Plan Development
  • NFPA 1877, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Wildland Fire Fighting Clothing and Equipment