NFPA working to provide change indicators on codes and standards

Blog Post created by kaf Employee on Aug 16, 2016

We have received feedback regarding the omission of “change indicators” in our codes and standards (such as vertical rules, bullets, or shading, which identify changes between editions), a feature that was previously available but is not available now in the same way in our new codes and standards publishing platform. We recognize that this omission has been frustrating for users of our documents and we apologize for the inconvenience it has caused.


At NFPA we take very seriously the feedback we receive and value the opinions of those who use and rely on our information. Since the implementation of our new publishing platform, we have been working on improving our process
for including change indicators in all of our codes and standards; a solution that will meet the needs of code users and provide better service for our customers.


We anticipate this permanent solution to be in place for all 2018 editions of NFPA codes and standards (annual 2017 cycle). But in the interim, while this process is being put into place, we have developed a process to provide change
indicators in several documents where the number of changes between editions can be significant.


To respond to that need, the following products are in place or are coming in the near future:

    • Digital versions with change indicators for the 2016 edition of NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems
    • Digital versions with change indicators for the 2016 edition of NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code
    • Digital and print versions with change indicators (available in September 2016) for the upcoming 2017 editions of NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, NFPA
      58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code
      and NFPA 70, National Electrical Code®.


NFPA is continually working to develop the best tools for our stakeholders. We appreciate your continued patience as we develop and add this feature to our publishing system. If you have any questions or need more information regarding our process for including change indicators in our codes and standards, leave your comment below and we will be sure to follow-up with you.


Thank you for your continued support and for the work you do to help keep our communities safer from the risk and effects of fire, electrical and other hazards.