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Report on Proposals (ROP)

Proposals can be submitted for text to be amended or included in NFPA Codes and Standards. Following the Call for Proposals period, the responsible technical committee holds meetings over the course of three months to consider all the submitted proposals and listen to anyone wishing to address the committee regarding a proposal. The committee also develops its own proposals and incorporates them into their report. A two-thirds approval vote by letter ballot of the members of the Committee eligible to vote is required for Committee approval of the actions on the Proposals. Should the Committee revise or reject a Proposal in whole or in part, it must include in its report the reasons for this change or rejection. All the proposals are presented in the Report on Proposals (ROP). The ROP is published and widely distributed and anyone may download or request a copy. The committee members vote to approve or reject their report in the ROP by letter ballot, and if two-thirds of all committee members eligible approve, the process continues to the next step. If the ROP does not receive two-thirds approval, their report in the ROP returns to the committee.

Report on Comments (ROC)

After the ROP has received the necessary approvals, there is a 60-day comment period, during which time anyone may submit a public comment on the proposed changes in the ROP. The committee then reconvenes at the end of the 60-day period and decides how to act on all comments. Once again, the meeting is open to anyone who wishes to address the committee on a particular public comment. A two-thirds approval vote by letter ballot of the members of the committee eligible to vote is again required for approval of actions on the comment, and the committee must again publish reasons for revising or rejecting any public comments in a new report. This report in called the Report on Comments (ROC) and is available to anyone for review for a seven-week period.

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