NFPA launches new Authenticity Program to help users of NFPA codes and standards

Published on March 27, 2013
NFPA launches new Authenticity Program to help users of NFPA codes and standards to be sure they have the real thing

March 27, 2013 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today announced the initial launch of its Authenticity Program, through which users and customers can ensure that digital copies of NFPA documents have not been altered in any way.

NFPA provides digital representations of its codes and standards for the convenience of its customers and members. To protect you from counterfeiting, malicious alterations or simple unauthorized copies, NFPA has created a new authenticity program to allow customers to proactively verify that their NFPA digital documents are an authorized, secure and correct copy. The most reliable way to ensure you have an authentic copy of an NFPA document is to download it only from or its authorized resellers. NFPA codes are widely used in design, construction, and enforcement. An alteration or omission of a single digit or letter in a formula can mean the difference between life and death.

The NFPA Authenticity Program was developed in response to growing concerns about maliciously altered, counterfeit or unauthorized copies of NFPA digital documents. Now, with this program, users can assure themselves that they have authentic materials by downloading them only from or its authorized resellers and by always finding and clicking on the Authenticity Stamp on any NFPA document they plan to use.

Video: Chris Dubay, NFPA Vice President and Chief Engineer, provides a brief description of the authentication process and how to use it.

“NFPA codes and standards are widely used in design, construction, and enforcement throughout North America, as well as countries around the world. An alteration or omission of even a single digit or letter in a formula can tragically impact public safety,” said Christian Dubay, P.E., NFPA vice president of codes and standards, and chief engineer. “This program ensures that code and standards users have an authentic document.”

The NFPA Authenticity Stamp contains a customer’s identification number, and is a live link to a verification database that includes NFPA documents in this program. By clicking the link, a verification process will begin, redirecting the user to a website that displays customer and code information. If the document does not have the Authenticity Stamp, or if any of the information is incorrect, or there is no link to, the downloaded document is unauthorized and may be inaccurate.  Use of that digital code or standard should be discontinued and NFPA’s customer service department should be contacted to report the problem and get help in obtaining genuine NFPA codes and standards. 

Below is a sample of what the NFPA Authenticity Stamp looks like:

NFPA Authenticity Stamp

While the stamp will appear on documents each time they’re downloaded, the new program will not impact usage rights, downloading or the storage process in any way.

The final phase of the NFPA Authenticity Program was completed in January 2013; the program is fully implemented online.

For more information about the NFPA Authenticity Program, visit

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