The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a non-governmental organization that sets criteria for the development of consensus standards. There are 3 ways to develop a consensus standard according to ANSI. These methods of development include the accredited committee method, the canvass method, and the accredited organizational method. All 3 of these standards development methods have the following in common:
- Anyone is permitted to recommend proposals or comments to update or modify the requirements of a standard;
- Public review of all proposals or comments; and
- Letter ballots to establish agreement of the standard. Letter ballots are from various interest groups (i.e., users, manufacturers, enforcement officials, testing agencies, insurance officials, etc.) approved by ANSI in advance. No one interest group can comprise more then one-third of the voting membership. The final action from this balanced group is what specifically creates a "consensus document."
The ANSI approved interest group is called a committee or a canvass, depending on the process used for developing the standard. Herein, an interest group will be referred to as a committee for simplicity.
NFPA 1192 Standard for Recreational Vehicles, NFPA 1194 Standard for RV Parks and Campgrounds, ANSI A119.5 Recreational Park Trailer Standard, NFPA National Electrical Code, and ANSI/RVIA LV the Standard for Low Voltage Systems in Conversion and Recreational Vehicles are all ANSI consensus standards. These RV standards are currently on a three or five year cycle, meaning their requirements are reviewed for accuracy and completeness every three to five years, and revised as needed. The maximum cycle for review of an ANSI standard is five years.
Every code cycle, a schedule of dates is established for updating of these standards. Anyone wishing to recommend a change to the standards, including additions, deletions, or modifications of existing language, can submit a recommendation to the appropriate committee as a proposal to change the standard. There is always a proposal closing date to help control the workload of the committee and to define the extent of the work the committee needs to address during a cycle review. All proposals received prior to the proposal closing date will be reviewed and acted upon. This balanced committee, approved by ANSI, must accept, accept in part or principle, reject, or hold for further study, any proposals received prior to the proposal closing date. All committee actions, other then "accept," must have the committee’s written reason for the action taken, along with any committee recommended change to the proposal, and substantiation for the action taken.
The committee’s actions on the proposals are then made available for public review. If any individual, state, or organization disagrees with the committee’s action on a proposal, a comment can be submitted to the committee outlining the objection, reason for the objection, and a recommendation for the committee to consider. All comments must be received by the comment closing date.
The committee again meets (or processes comments via letter ballot) to review and act on all comments. Substantive changes must again be made available for public review. No new proposals are allowed during the comment time frame. Upon completion of the committee work, the revised standard is submitted to ANSI/NFPA for approval, and then finally published.
Following are the 2017schedules for NFPA 1192 and NFPA 1194, ANSI/RVIA LV and NEC.
Under the new NFPA Regulations, all proposals must be submitted electronically online. If you would like to submit a proposal or comment going through the RVIA Technical Subcommittee process, please use the appropriate forms below. Also, be sure to check the appropriate schedule to assure that you have not missed the deadline date for submittal of proposals or comments.
If you prefer to submit proposals directly for NFPA 1192, NFPA 1194 and/or the NEC then go to nfpa.org, click on "Free Access" and then establish a logon and password to enter your proposal(s) directly.
NFPA 1192 AND 1194 SCHEDULE FOR 2017
NFPA has revised and restructured their code cycle process effective for the 2017 edition of NFPA 1192 & 1194. Below is the new NFPA chart that identifies all the key dates for the 2017 cycle.
|Process Stage||Process Step||Dates for TC||Dates for TC With CC|
|Public Input Stage (First Draft)||Public Input Closing Date- Electronic||7/6/2015||7/6/2015|
|Final Date for TC First Draft Meeting||12/14/2015||9/14/2015|
|Posting of First Draft and TC Ballot||2/1/2016||10/26/2015|
|Final Date for Receipt of TC First Draft Ballot||2/22/2016||11/16/2015|
|Final Date for Receipt of TC First Draft Ballot- recirc||2/29/2016||11/23/2015|
|Posting of First Draft for CC Meeting||11/30/2015|
|Final Date for CC First Draft Meeting||1/11/2016|
|Posting of First Draft and CC Ballot||2/1/2016|
|Final Date for Receipt of CC First Draft Ballot||2/22/2016|
|Final Date for Receipt of CC First Draft Ballot- recirc||2/29/2016|
|Post First Draft Report for Public Comment||3/7/2016||3/7/2016|
|Comment Stage (Second Draft)||Public Comment closing Date||5/16/2016||5/16/2016|
|Final Date to Publish Notice of Consent Standards (Standards that received no Comments)||5/30/2016||5/30/2016|
|Appeal Closing Date for Consent Standards (Standards that received no Comments)||6/13/2016||6/13/2016|
|Final Date for TC Second Draft Meeting||10/31/2016||7/25/2016|
|Posting of Second Draft and TC Ballot||12/12/2016||9/5/2016|
|Final Date for Receipt of TC Second Draft Ballot||1/2/2017||9/26/2016|
|Final Date for Receipt of TC Second Draft Ballot- recirc||1/9/2017||10/3/2016|
|Posting of Second Draft for CC Meeting||10/10/2016|
|Final Date for CC Second Draft Meeting||11/21/2016|
|Posting of Second Draft for CC Ballot||12/12/2016|
|Final Date for Receipt of CC Second Draft Ballot||1/2/2017|
|Final Date for Receipt of CC Second Draft Ballot- recirc||1/9/2017|
|Post Second Draft Report for NITMAM Review||1/16/2017||1/16/2017|
|Tech Session Preparation (& Issuance)||Notice of Intent to Make a Motion (NITMAM) Closing Date||2/20/2017||2/20/2017|
|Posting of Certified Amending Motions (CAMs) and Consent Standards||4/17/2017||4/17/2017|
|Appeal Closing Date for Consent Standards||5/2/2017||5/2/2017|
|SC Issuance Date for Consent Standards||5/12/2017||5/12/2017|
|Tech Session||Association Meeting for Standards with CAMs||6/4-7/2017||6/4-7/2017|
|Appeals and Issuance||Appeal Closing Date for Standards with CAMs||6/27/2017||6/27/2017|
|SC Issuance Dates for Standards with CAMs||8/10/2017||8/10/2017|
NEC Schedule for 2016
Public Inpurt Closing Date for Online Submittal (e-PI) 11/7/2014
Final Date For First Draft Meeting 1/12-24/2015
Posting of First Draft and Panel Ballot 3/20/2015
Final Date for Receipt of First Draft Ballot 4/3/2015
Final Date for Receipt of First Draft Ballot - recirc 4/10/2015
Posting of First Draft for CC Meeting 4/17/2015
Final Date for CC First Draft Meeting 5/29/2015
Posting of First Draft and CC Ballot 6/26/2015
Final Date for Receipt of CC First Draft Ballot 7/3/2015
Final Date for Receipt of CC First Draft Ballot - recirc 7/10/2015
Post Final First Draft for Public Comment 7/17/2015
Public Comment Closing Date for Paper Submittal 8/21/2015
Public Comment Closing Date for Online Submittal (e-PC) 9/25/2015
Final Date for Second Draft Meeting 11/2-14/2015
Posting of Second Draft and Panel Ballot 1/4/2016
Final Date for Receipt of Second Draft Ballot 1/15/2016
Final Date for Receipt of Second Draft Ballot - recirc 1/22/2016
Posting of Second Draft for CC Meeting 2/5/2016
Final Date for CC Second Draft Meeting 2/22-26/2016
Posting of Second Draft for CC Ballot 3/18/2016
Final Date for Receipt of CC Second Draft Ballot 3/25/2016
Final Date for Receipt of CC Second Draft Ballot - recirc 4/1/2016
Post Final Second Draft for NITMAM Review 4/8/2016
Notice of Intent to Make a Motion (NITMAM) Closing Date 4/29/2016
Posting of Certified Amending Motions 5/13/2016
Association Meeting for Documents with CAMs 6/13-16/2016
Appeal Closing Date for NEC CAMs (20 Days) 7/6/2016
SC Issuance Dates for Documents with CAMs 8/11/2016
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