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Codes & Standards

Code Making Process

A new edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) is developed every three years in what is called a “code cycle.” The NEC is composed of 18 Code making panels (CMP) with IEC representatives on each panel as well as manufacturers, inspectors, users, installers, labor, consumers, testing labs, and special experts. 

NEC Process

The National Fire Protection Association, Inc. (NFPA) sponsors the development of the NEC®. The NFPA publishes guidelines in the Regulations Governing Committee Projects for the procedures for all of the standards it publishes. For the NEC®, the procedures call for essentially a four step process. The entire process is now electronic to submit proposals and comments on the NFPA website.

Input stage. The first step in the Code process involves issuing a public notice that the NEC® revision process has begun and asking for interested parties to submit proposals for revising the Document. The notice is placed in appropriate publications such as the NFPA News, the U.S. Federal Register, and the American National Standards Institute's Standards Action. This step provides twenty-three weeks for respondents to submit their proposals. Anyone can submit a proposal to change the NEC® provided it contains the required information. 

The key to successful Code proposals is proper substantiation for the proposed changes. After the last date to receive proposals, code panels meet to discuss and vote on each of the proposed changes. All technical committee reports are posted on the NFPA website for public review. Everyone has the opportunity to submit a comment on each of the proposed changes whether the Code Making Panel voted to accept or reject them.

Comment stage. The second step in the process is the comment stage. Public comments are accepted on the first draft for 10 weeks. The appropriate technical committee or code-making panel reviews all comments in order to formulate the second draft committee report. Any proposal or comment that is not accepted by the committee, must contain a written reason for the rejection. New proposals cannot be submitted during this stage of the Code cycle. The Code Making Panel can only take action on proposals that have received adequate public review during the proposal stage.

The Third step is the NFPA annual meeting. A notice of intent to make a motion (Nitmam) is accepted for five weeks following the posting of the second draft report. Nitmams are reviewed and validated motions become certified amending motions (CAM). Certified amending motions are considered and acted on during the annual meeting. The chairman of each code-making panel provides a report on the actions of the committee for approval. Floor action on certified motions occur during this meeting.

The fourth and final step is the appeals and issuance. Any appeal to the Standards Council will be considered and final rulings will be posted on the NFPA website.

The Standards Council has the responsibility for overseeing and issuing all of the codes and standards developed for the NFPA. The NEC® Correlating Committee works directly under the Standards Council. The Correlating Committee steers the panels through the process, ensuring that each proposal and comment is processed according to an established operating procedure. Once the process is complete, the Standards Council issues the document for publication.

The NEC® is a legal document designed to be adopted by local and/or state governmental bodies. Local jurisdictions may choose to adopt the Code in its entirety, with specific additions or exceptions, or they may choose not to adopt the Code at all.

If you are interested in the code development process and want to apply for a technical committee, please download and complete the application form and send your resume to dhittinger@ieci.org.

IEC Members on Code Making Panels:

Panel No.        Principle Alternate
1

David Hittinger
IEC of Greater Cincinnati 

Jon Coulimore
JC Electric, Inc.

2

David W. Johnson
CenTex Chapter IEC

Britt Crist
IES Commercial

3

 

Robert Jones
Houston, Texas

 

Adam D. Corbin
Corbin Electrical Services, Inc.

 

4

 

Duke Schamel
Electrical Service Solutions, Inc. 

 

Mark Gillespie
TMI Electrical Contractors

 

5

 

G. Scott Harding
FB Harding, Inc.

 

David Picatti
Industrial Service & Electric

 

6

 

Jerry Kent
Kent Systems 

 

Chris Fahrenthold
FSG Electric

 

7

 

Joe Chandler
IEC Dallas

 

William Bruce Bowman
Fox Systems, Inc. 

 

8

 

Ken Hengst
KenMore Electric

 

Raul L. Vasquez
IEC San Antonio

 

9

 

Kevin Breen
Breen Electrical Contractors, Inc. 

 

Ken Filips
Bergelectric Corp.

 

10

 

Julian Burns
Quality Power Solutions, Inc.

 

Steve Struble
Freeman's Electric 

 

11

 

Terry Cole
Hamer Electric, Inc. 

 

Tim Lalonde
Haskin Electric, Inc. 

 

12

 

Eddie Rodriguez
IEC Texas Gulf Coast

 

David Stump
IEC Texas Gulf Coast

 

13

 

Ron Keenan
M.C. Dean, Inc.

 

Larry Ayer
Biz Com Electric, Inc. 

 

14

 

Lowell Reith
Interstates Construction Services, Inc.           

 

Cory Cole
Hamer Electric

 

15

 

James Seabury
Enterprise Electric LLC

 

Carmon A. Colvin
Bright Future Electric, LLC

 

16

 

Luigi Prezioso
M.C. Dean, Inc.

 

David Schrembeck
DBS Communications Inc.

 

17

 

Mike Querry
IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County

 

Armando Lozano
MSF Electric, Inc. 

 

18

 

Ron D. Alley
Northern New Mexico IEC

 

Mark Coshal
IES Commercial