As NFPA continues to move forward with implementation of the Standards Development Process, many of the new benefits of online submission process continue to take hold. When Public Input/Comments are submitted online the proposed changes are integrated in-line on the draft document. Once the closing date has passed online submissions allow the Committee Members to see all of the proposed changes integrated into one complete document virtually immediately, maximize the amount of time each Committee Member has to review all of the proposed changes and prepare for any upcoming committee meeting. However, while we want to provide as much extra time as possible to our Committee Members, we also want to consider the needs of those who still want to submit their Public Input/Comments on the “paper forms” via e-mail, fax or mail. Beginning with the Fall 2014 submittals of Public Comments, we have implemented an earlier closing date for “paper submissions” of Public Input/Comments. The earlier closing date will allow the necessary time to key and proof any proposed change to ensure the changes are presented for Committee consideration at the same time as the changes submitted online.
Paper Submission Closing Dates. The closing date for paper submissions, (this includes forms sent via e-mail, fax or mail), for the Fall 2014 comments will be October 11, 2013 and the closing date for the electronic submission system will be November 15, 2013. All revised schedules can be located on the respective document information page or http://www.nfpa.org/schedules.
Please be advised, that it is anticipated that in the future, “paper submissions” will not be accepted so please take this opportunity to try out the new system – we think you’ll really like it! As always we are here to help you participate in the NFPA process. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at 617-984-7240 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For additional information on NFPA Standards Development Process, please visit NFPA’s website at www.nfpa.org/newprocess.