NFPA

Evolution of Information Delivery

NFPA® is committed to transforming the way you access information and the way you work—with more efficient, customizable, real-time solutions. That means the way we provide information—and the available formats—will continue to evolve. We want to be clear about what is changing, so you know how to access the tools you need to do your job. Your world is changing, and we are proud to change along with you to help make the world safer.

What Is Changing?
For nearly 125 years, NFPA has worked hard to help ensure that people and property are protected from harm. For many of those years, it was through simply our codes and standards.

But we have heard from you that today a physical code book or a static digital version of a book is not the best means to help solve problems on a real-time basis. You want information faster, on different devices, and in different languages. We also heard that you don’t want only the text of a code or standard—you want context and insights to help understand problems and develop solutions.

To meet this ever-growing need, NFPA is excited to offer a new digital platform, NFPA LiNK™. As part of this transition, NFPA will no longer offer access to PDFs for new editions of codes and standards, handbooks, or other reference titles such as pocket guides, including new titles available through the National Fire Codes® Subscription Service (NFCSS) effective with the 2020 releases. Titles previously published in PDF format will remain in-market and access to them will still be available in the digital version of NFCSS. Existing NFPA PDFs will be updated as needed for Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) or Errata.

Learn More About Your Format Choices

Whether you are working in your office or in the field, NFPA provides different format options to ensure access to the essential code and standard content you need.  We are limiting the number of formats we offer to focus our efforts on providing access to critical information that is consistent with an evolving digital environment.

Formats available

Print
Traditional print books are easily portable and clearly indicate what’s changed from the previous edition. You can use NFPA self-adhesive index tabs for organization and efficiency.
Subscription
Our online subscription products, National Fire Codes® Subscription Service (NFCSS™) and NFPA LiNK™,  provide digital access to the information you need through your computer, laptop, or mobile device, empowering you with the guidance and know-how required to get the job done and help make the world safer

Formats no longer available

PDF
Effective with the annual 2020 code cycle, NFPA will no longer offer access to the PDF format as a choice for new editions of codes and standards, handbooks, or other reference titles. Existing PDFs will remain in-market and will still be accessible in our National Fire Codes® Subscription Service (NFCSS™). 
eBook
Effective with the Annual 2019 code cycle, NFPA stopped creating new eBooks.  We no longer provide access to digital books in the ePub3 format. We continue to support digital books that you have previously licensed from NFPA. The NFPA free eReader app called NFPA eLibrary is also no longer available.  If you have previously licensed an NFPA eBook and have questions, please email our customer service center custserv@nfpa.org.

Try NFPA LiNK™ Today

Your new digital information delivery platform is here. Access the NFPA knowledge you need more efficiently for more confident and competitive work. Explore subscription options to fit individuals, teams, and enterprise solutions, Not sure yet? Sign up for our limited-time free trial today and begin exploring all NFPA LiNK™ has to offer.

Currently, NFPA LiNK™ includes the four most recent versions of the National Electrical Code® (NEC®).

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is NFPA still offering access to PDFs?
As part of our transition to a new digital way to  deliver information, NFPA will no longer offer access to PDFs for new editions of codes and standards, handbooks, or other reference titles such as pocket guides, including new titles available through the National Fire Codes® Subscription Service (NFCSS™) effective with the 2020 releases. Titles previously published in PDF format will remain in-market and will still be available in the digital access version of NFCSS. Print books are still available for purchase.

Although we realize that some of our users will be disappointed with this decision, NFPA has looked extensively at various formats. PDF and eBook lack sufficient security and copyright protection and the ability to update with new information in an effective manner. Moving away from these formats is critical for the long-term viability and integrity of the NFPA standards process and for the continued advancement of NFPA in a digital world.

Why is NFPA making this change to how I can access information digitally?
We have heard from you that today a physical code book or a static digital version of a book is not the best means to help solve problems on a real-time basis. You want information faster, on different devices, and in different languages. We also heard that you don’t want only the text of a code or standard—you want context and insights to help understand problems and develop solutions.

Will handbooks such as the 2020 National Electrical Code® (NEC®) Handbook be available in PDF?
Effective with the 2020 edition, NFPA stopped offering access to the NEC handbook in PDF format. It is available in print and in NFCSS. NFPA is working to include the handbook content in NFPA LiNK™, but a release date is not yet available. Content from forthcoming, as well as existing, NFPA handbooks will also be released in NFPA LiNK™ in the future.

How will I know what material is included in NFPA LiNK™ and when new material is expected to be added?
Please visit NFPA LiNK™ to sign up for a free trial and to learn what material is included and what is upcoming.

How will I know if the code or standard I am interested in is available through access to a PDF?
Search for the desired code or standard on the NFPA Catalog,  if access to a PDF is available, it will be listed on the product detail page. 

What is the difference between NFCSS and NFPA LiNK™?
The National Fire Codes® Subscription Service (NFCSS) is a subscription-based online database providing convenient access to the library of NFPA® codes and standards. NFCSS streamlines access and helps you keep the most up-to-date information at hand.

NFPA LiNK™ is a subscription-based application that will deliver NFPA® codes and standards, expert commentary, and supporting content. This new tool will allow you to easily navigate the codes and help you understand code requirements based on real-life situations. With NFPA LiNK™ you can curate content, bookmark, add notes, share, and collaborate.