DHS designates NFPA codes and standards development process as “Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology”

Published on October 21, 2008
NFPA is first standards development organization to receive designation

October 21, 2008 – On September 17, 2008, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes and standards development process as a “Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology” (QATT) under the Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002 (SAFETY Act). NFPA is the first standards development organization to receive this designation. Under provisions of the SAFETY Act, NFPA’s codes and standards development process was also certified as an “Approved Product for Homeland Security.”

According to DHS, the SAFETY Act encourages the development and deployment of new and innovative anti-terrorism products and services by providing liability protections. Designation as a QATT and certification as an approved product for homeland security under the SAFETY Act provides legal protections for the NFPA codes and standards development process as applied to anti-terrorism.

“NFPA is pleased to have its codes and standards development process recognized as an effective anti-terrorism technology which reflects the openness, balance and fairness NFPA strives to achieve in its voluntary codes and standards development process,” said NFPA President James M. Shannon.

Federal protections under the DHS Designation and Certification are retroactive and recognize NFPA’s technology’s “first date of sale” as September 11, 2001.

Shannon added, “The commitment and involvement of NFPA in anti-terrorism standards predates the events of 9/11. NFPA has long been committed to making its codes and standards development process available for the creation and continual improvement of standards used to protect first responders and the public in terrorist events. We believe we have a world-class system which attracts numerous experts from diverse fields to develop codes and standards that mitigate the effects of terrorism on people and property.”

All NFPA safety codes and standards are developed through a process accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The more than 250 technical committees responsible for developing and updating all 300 codes and standards include approximately 4,000 volunteers, representing enforcing authorities, installers and maintainers, labor, research and testing laboratories, insurers, special experts, consumers and other users.

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