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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)
 

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 (open for Public Comment): 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 9, 2020
First Draft Report posting date (open for Public Comment): September 10, 2020
Public Comment closing date: November 19, 2020
Second Draft Report posting date (open for NITMAM): August 5, 2021
NITMAM closing date: September 2, 2021

NFPA 70E - 2018 Edition      NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®
  Public Input closing date: June 27, 2018 
First Draft Report posting date (open for Public Comment): February 27, 2019
Public Comment closing date: May 8, 2019
Second Draft Report posting date (open for NITMAM): January 22, 2020
NITMAM closing date: February 19, 2020

NFPA 110 - 2019 edition      NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems
  Public Input closing date: June 26, 2019
First Draft Report posting date (open for Public Comment): February 26, 2020
Public Comment closing date: May 6, 2020
Second Draft Report posting date (open for NITMAM): January 20, 2021
NITMAM closing date: February 17, 2021

NFPA 111 - 2019 Edition      NFPA 111, Standard on Stored Electrical Energy Emergency and Standby Power Systems
  Public Input closing date: June 26, 2019
First Draft Report posting date (open for Public Comment): February 26, 2020
Public Comment closing date: May 6, 2020
Second Draft Report posting date (open for NITMAM): January 20, 2021
NITMAM closing date: February 17, 2021

July 6, 2018