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National Fire Codes: Request for Proposals for Revision of Codes and Standards

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National Institute of Standards and Technology, Commerce.




The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is publishing this notice on behalf of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to announce the NFPA's proposal to revise some of its fire safety codes and standards and requests proposals from the public to amend existing or begin the process of developing new NFPA fire safety codes and standards. The purpose of this request is to increase public participation in the system used by NFPA to develop its codes and standards.


Interested persons may submit proposals by 5 p.m. EST/EDST on or before the date listed with the code or standard.


Amy Beasley Cronin, Secretary, Standards Council, NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, Massachusetts 02169-7471.

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Amy Beasley Cronin, Secretary, Standards Council, at above address, (617) 770-3000.

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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) proposes to revise some of its fire safety codes and standards and requests proposals from the public to amend existing or begin the process of developing new NFPA fire safety codes and standards. The purpose of this request is to increase public participation in the system used by NFPA to develop its codes and standards. The publication of this notice of request for proposals by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on behalf of NFPA is being undertaken as a public service; NIST does not necessarily endorse, approve, or recommend any of the standards referenced in the notice.

The NFPA process provides ample opportunity for public participation in the development of its codes and standards. All NFPA codes and standards are revised and updated every three to five years in Revision Cycles that begin twice each year and take approximately two years to complete. Each Revision Cycle proceeds according to a published schedule that includes final dates for all major events in the process. The code revision Process contains five basic steps that are followed for developing new documents as well as revising existing documents: Call for Proposals; Report on Proposals (ROP); Call for Comments on the Committee's disposition of the Proposals, and publication of these Comments in the Report on Comments (ROC); the Association Technical Meeting at the NFPA Conference & Expo; and finally, the Standards Council Consideration and Issuance of documents.


NFPA rules state that, anyone wishing to make Amending Motions on the Technical Committee Reports (ROP and ROC) must signal his or her intention by submitting a Notice of Intent to Make a Motion by 5 p.m. EST/EDST of the Deadline stated in the ROC. Certified motions will then be posted on the NFPA Web site. Documents that receive notice of proper Amending Motions (Certified Amending Motions) will be presented for action at the Association Technical Meeting at the NFPA Conference & Expo. Documents that receive no motions will be forwarded directly to the Standards Council for action on issuance.

For more information on these rules and for up-to-date information on schedules and deadlines for processing NFPA Codes and Standards, check the NFPA Web site at, or contact NFPA Codes and Standards Administration.


The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) develops building, fire, and electrical safety codes and standards. Federal agencies frequently use these codes and standards as the basis for developing Federal regulations concerning fire safety. Often, the Office of the Federal Register approves the incorporation by reference of these standards under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.

When a Technical Committee begins the development of a new or revised NFPA code or standard, it enters one of two Revision Cycles available each year. The Revision Cycle begins with the Call for Proposals, that is, a public notice asking for any interested persons to submit specific written proposals for developing or revising a code or standards. The Call for Proposals is published in a variety of publications. Interested parties have approximately twenty weeks to respond to the Call for Proposals.

Following the Call for Proposals period, the Technical Committee holds a meeting to consider and accept, reject or revise, in whole or in part, all the submitted Proposals. The Committee may also develop its own Proposals. A document known as the Report on Proposals, or ROP, is prepared containing all the Public Proposals, the Technical Committee's action on each Proposal, as well as all Committee-generated Proposals. The ROP is then submitted for the approval of the Technical Committee by a formal written ballot. If the ROP does not receive approval by a two-thirds vote calculated in accordance with NFPA rules, the Report is returned to the Committee for further consideration and is not published. If the necessary approval is received, the ROP is published in a compilation of Reports on Proposals issued by NFPA twice yearly for public review and comment, and the process continues to the next step.

The Reports on Proposals are sent automatically free of charge to all who submitted Proposals and each Committee member, as well as anyone else who requests a copy. All ROP's are also available for free downloading at

Once the ROP becomes available, there is a 60-day comment period during which anyone may submit a Public Comment on the proposed changes in the ROP. The Committee then reconvenes at the end of the comment period and acts on all Comments.

As before, a two-thirds approval vote by written ballot of the eligible members of the Committee is required for approval of actions on the Comments. All of this information is compiled into a second report, called the Report on Comments (ROC), which, like the ROP, is published, and is made available for public review for a seven-week period.

The process of public input and review does not end with the publication of the ROP and ROC. Following the completion of the Proposal and Comment periods, there is further opportunity for debate and discussion through the Association Technical Meeting that takes place at the NFPA Conference & Expo.

The Association Technical Meeting provides an opportunity for the final Technical Committee Report (i.e., the ROP and ROC) on each proposed new or revised code or standard to be presented to the NFPA membership for the debate and consideration of motions Start Printed Page 22384to amend the Report. Before making an allowable motion at an Association Technical Meeting, the intended maker of the motion must file, in advance of the session, and within the published deadline, a Notice of Intent to Make a Motion. A Motions Committee appointed by the Standards Council then reviews all notices and certifies all amending motions that are proper. Only these Certified Amending Motions, together with certain allowable Follow-Up Motions (that is, motions that have become necessary as a result of previous successful amending motions) will be allowed at the Association Technical Meeting.

For more information on dates/locations of NFPA Technical Committee meetings and NFPA Conference & Expo, check the NFPA Web site at:​itemDetail.asp?​categoryID=​822&​itemID=​22818.

The specific rules for the types of motions that can be made and who can make them are set forth in NFPA's Regulation Governing Committee Projects which should always be consulted by those wishing to bring an issue before the membership at an Association Technical Meeting.

Request for Proposals

Interested persons may submit proposals, supported by written data, views, or arguments, to Amy Beasley Cronin, Secretary, Standards Council, NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, Massachusetts 02169-7471. Proposals should be submitted on forms available from the NFPA Codes and Standards Administration Office or on NFPA's Web site at Each person must include his or her name and address, identify the code or standard, and give reasons for the proposal. Proposals received by 5 p.m. EST/EDST on or before the closing date indicated with each code or standard would be acted on by the Committee, and then considered by the NFPA Membership at the Association Technical Meeting.

Document-editionDocument titleProposal closing date
NFPA 10-2010Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers5/23/2011
NFPA 14-2010Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems5/23/2011
NFPA 17-2009Standard for Dry Chemical Extinguishing Systems5/23/2011
NFPA 17A-2009Standard for Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems5/23/2011
NFPA 22-2008Standard for Water Tanks for Private Fire Protection5/23/2011
NFPA 36-2009Standard for Solvent Extraction Plants5/23/2011
NFPA 52-2010Vehicular Gaseous Fuel Systems Code5/23/2011
NFPA 70B-2010Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance5/23/2011
NFPA 77-2007Recommended Practice on Static Electricity5/23/2011
NFPA 99B-2010Standard for Hypobaric Facilities11/23/2012
NFPA 140-2008Standard on Motion Picture and Television Production Studio Soundstages, Approved Production Facilities, and Production Locations5/23/2011
NFPA 211-2010Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances5/23/2011
NFPA 225-2009Model Manufactured Home Installation Standard5/23/2011
NFPA 241-2009Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations5/23/2011
NFPA 259-2008Standard Test Method for Potential Heat of Building Materials5/23/2011
NFPA 260-2009Standard Methods of Tests and Classification System for Cigarette Ignition Resistance of Components of Upholstered Furniture5/23/2011
NFPA 261-2009Standard Method of Test for Determining Resistance of Mock-Up Upholstered Furniture Material Assemblies to Ignition by Smoldering Cigarettes5/23/2011
NFPA 270-2008Standard Test Method for Measurement of Smoke Obscuration Using a Conical Radiant Source in a Single Closed Chamber5/23/2011
NFPA 274-2009Standard Test Method to Evaluate Fire Performance Characteristics of Pipe Insulation5/23/2011
NFPA 289-2009Standard Method of Fire Test for Individual Fuel Packages5/23/2011
NFPA 290-2009Standard for Fire Testing of Passive Protection Materials for Use on LP-Gas Containers5/23/2011
NFPA 495-2010Explosive Materials Code5/23/2011
NFPA 496-2008Standard for Purged and Pressurized Enclosures for Electrical Equipment5/23/2011
NFPA 498-2010Standard for Safe Havens and Interchange Lots for Vehicles Transporting Explosives5/23/2011
NFPA 501A-2009Standard for Fire Safety Criteria for Manufactured Home Installations, Sites, and Communities5/23/2011
NFPA 501-2010Standard on Manufactured Housing5/23/2011
NFPA 502-2011Standard for Road Tunnels, Bridges, and Other Limited Access Highways11/25/2011
NFPA 505-2011Fire Safety Standard for Powered Industrial Trucks Including Type Designations, Areas of Use, Conversions, Maintenance, and Operations5/23/2011
NFPA 520-2010Standard on Subterranean Spaces5/24/2013
NFPA 551-2010Guide for the Evaluation of Fire Risk Assessments5/23/2011
NFPA 705-2009Recommended Practice for a Field Flame Test for Textiles and Films5/23/2011
NFPA 801-2008Standard for Fire Protection for Facilities Handling Radioactive Materials5/23/2011
NFPA 853-2010Standard for the Installation of Stationary Fuel Cell Power Systems5/24/2013
NFPA 900-2010Building Energy Code5/23/2011
NFPA 909-2010Code for the Protection of Cultural Resource Properties—Museums, Libraries, and Places of Worship5/23/2011
NFPA 914-2010Code for Fire Protection of Historic Structures5/24/2013
NFPA 1002-2009Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications8/26/2011
NFPA 1006-2008Standard for Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications5/23/2011
NFPA 1404-2006Standard for Fire Service Respiratory Protection Training5/23/2011
NFPA 1451-2007Standard for a Fire Service Vehicle Operations Training Program5/23/2011
NFPA 1600-2010Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs5/23/2011
NFPA 1855-P*Standard for Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Technical Rescue Incidents5/23/2011
NFPA 1925-2008Standard on Marine Fire-Fighting Vessels5/23/2011
NFPA 1962-2008Standard for the Inspection, Care, and Use of Fire Hose, Couplings, and Nozzles and the Service Testing of Fire Hose5/23/2011
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NFPA 1964-2008Standard for Spray Nozzles5/23/2011
NFPA 1981-2007Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Emergency Services5/23/2011
NFPA 1982-2007Standard on Personal Alert Safety Systems (PASS)5/23/2011
NFPA 1999-2008Standard on Protective Clothing for Emergency Medical Operations5/23/2011
* Proposed NEW drafts are available from NFPA's Web site— or may be obtained from NFPA's Codes and Standards Administration, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, Massachusetts 02169-7471.
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Dated: March 28, 2011.

Charles H. Romine,

Acting Associate Director for Laboratory Programs.

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[FR Doc. 2011-8040 Filed 4-20-11; 8:45 am]