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The standards development process

One of the most notable features about NFPA standards is that they are developed in an open consensus-based process

Virtually every building, process, service, design and installation is affected by NFPA’s 300+ codes and standards. Our codes and standards, all available for free online access, reflect changing industry needs and evolving technologies, supported by research and development and practical experience. NFPA encourages public participation in the development of all its standards. 

The four fundamental steps in the NFPA standards development process are:

  1. Get involved and make recommended changes to a standard during the “Public Input” period
  2. Make comments on recommended changes to a standard during the “Public Comment” period
  3. Take part or get updates on debate on recommended changes to a standard during NFPA’s Technical Meeting (Tech Session)
  4. Learn if the Standards Council issues the standard or takes other action (Standards Council Action)

News about NFPA electrical standards in process



Key dates in the standards development process
7017SB  NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code®
  Public Input closing date: September 7, 2017
First Draft Report posting date: July 6, 2018
Public Comment closing date: August 30, 2018
Second Draft Report posting date (open for NITMAM): April 5, 2019
NITMAM closing date: April 26, 2019

70B16  NFPA 70B,  Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance
  Public Input closing date: January 5, 2017 
First Draft Report posting date: September 7, 2017
Public Comment closing date: November 16, 2017
Second Draft Report posting date (open for NITMAM): August 2, 2018
NITMAM closing date: August 30, 2018

70E15  NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
  Public Input closing date: July 6, 2015 
First Draft Report posting date: February 23, 2016
Public Comment closing date: May 16, 2016
Second Draft Report posting date (open for NITMAM): January 26, 2017
NITMAM closing date: February 20, 2017

11016  NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems
  Public Input closing date: June 29, 2016 
First Draft Report posting date: February 27, 2017
Public Comment closing date: May 17, 2017
Second Draft Report posting date (open for NITMAM): January 24, 2018
NITMAM closing date: February 21, 2018

11116  NFPA 111, Standard on Stored Electrical Energy Emergency and Standby Power Systems
  Public Input closing date: June 29, 2016 
First Draft Report posting date: February 27, 2017
Public Comment closing date: May 17, 2017
Second Draft Report posting date (open for NITMAM): January 24, 2018
NITMAM closing date: February 21, 2018

July 6, 2018