NFPA Technical Meeting (Tech Session)

NFPA Regulations

Regulations and agenda

Per the Regulations Governing the Development of NFPA Standards (Section 4.5), only Certified Amending Motions (with valid sign-in) and proper Follow-up Motions will be allowed during the NFPA Technical Meeting for standards processed in the Fall and Annual revision cycles.

The agenda for the Technical Meeting will be those standards with Certified Amending Motions as indicated in the Report of the Motions Committee on Certified Amending Motions.


Per the NFPA Bylaws, only NFPA Members of record 180 days before the opening of any Annual, Regular, Special, or Technical Meeting of the NFPA Membership who have duly registered and paid any registration fees for the meeting shall be entitled to vote at that meeting. Except as may be required by law or as may be provided in a Regulation or Standing Rule promulgated pursuant to Article 8 of these Bylaws, any action of the NFPA Voting Membership shall require the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast at the meeting.

Voting by proxy shall not be permitted, and the vote of each Voting NFPA Member shall be cast by that member individually.

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Upcoming NFPA Conference & Expo dates

  • June 13-16, 2016, Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
  • June 4-7, 2017, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA

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NFPA Technical Meeting will be one day - You asked and we listened!

June 16, 2016, 8:00 a.m. - completion
Mandalay Bay Convention Center Ballroom EFGHIJKL

If you are a frequent participant of the NFPA Technical Meeting, you have certainly noticed that the amount of motions presented has declined over recent years.

In 2015 we ended the first day after only two hours. Before concluding, we asked what you thought of the many changes within the process and the Tech Session. Many of you expressed that you would have preferred to have a single, extended day session rather than two short days for Tech Session.   We listened!!!!

With the new Standards Development Process and electronic submission system making revisions to NFPA Standards transparent, interested parties see the document in totality once the Technical Committees complete their work.

The NITMAM stage of the process remains an integral and important phase in NFPA Standards Development. However, with the noticeable decrease in the number of NITMAMs received, a smaller agenda at the Tech Session naturally results. We believe that hosting the Tech Session as a full day event on Thursday, June 16, will address your concerns and improve your experience in 2016.

As the 2016 event approaches, there are many channels to stay up-to-date with the changes being unveiled for the Tech Session and other Codes and Standards activities during the upcoming NFPA Conference & Expo. Please take advantage of NFPA News (a monthly electronic newsletter dedicated to Standards Activities); the Motions Committee Report (available May 2016 and includes the agenda of certified amending motions to be presented at the Tech Session); and the Conference & Expo website for all C&E news.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 Tech Session in Las Vegas!

The NFPA Technical Meeting, also known as "Tech Session", is an important element in the standards development process.  The Tech Session ensures that consensus is achieved on proposed changes to NFPA Standards prior to Standards Council review. During this meeting, supporters and opponents of certified motions voice their opinions and NFPA members are given an opportunity to vote on proposed changes. NFPA Technical Meetings are held annually at the NFPA Conference & Expo.

This year's Tech Session will be held at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, June 16, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.  NFPA will be providing wireless internet access during the Tech Session so attendees have the option of downloading the agenda prior to or during the Tech Session. Other documentation such as First Draft Reports and Second Draft Reports can be viewed on the Next edition tab of each specific document information page.

Las Vegas, NV, Annual 2016
Chicago, IL, Annual 2015

Las Vegas, NV, Annual 2014

Chicago, IL, Annual 2013

Las Vegas, NV, Annual 2012

Boston, Annual 2011

Las Vegas, Annual 2010 

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