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National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Codes and Standards Coordinating
The National Hydrogen and
Fuel Cells Codes and Standards Coordinating Committee (HFC4) provides a forum
for effective communication and collaboration between all stakeholders in the
hydrogen and fuel cells codes and standards community. HFC4 leadership will facilitate
the development of the consensus-based codes and standards that are critical to
ensure public safety and to accelerate the commercialization of new hydrogen and
fuel cell technologies for stationary, transportation and portable applications.
HFC4 will encourage and facilitate the timely and
efficient incorporation of data-based hydrogen and fuel cell safety criteria into
the existing and proposed national and international codes and/or standards promulgated
- American Petroleum Institute (API)
- American Society of
Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
- ASTM International
- Compressed Gas
- CSA America / CSA International
- Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
- International Code Council
- International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
Organization for Standards (ISO)
- National Fire Protection Association
- " National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
- Underwriters Laboratories
applicable organizations through active collaboration with ANSI
will promote development of codes, standards and regulations that establish a
minimum level of safety for today without hindering new technology development
and future commercialization. Performance-based codes, standards and regulations
will be encouraged wherever practicable.
HFC4 will also promote development
of performance measuring standards that take all applicable technologies into
account, without creating any advantage for one or more technologies over others
except for the inherent aspects of the various technologies. HFC4 will promote
performance measuring standards that compare all technologies in a similar manner
HFC4 will facilitate consensus based codes and standards
development by working cooperatively with all stakeholders to take their viewpoints
and all technologies into account.
Stakeholders: The community of stakeholders
includes codes and standards developers, industry members, technology developers,
codes and standards users, architects and engineers, legislative and regulatory
bodies that adopt codes, standards and other regulations, safety officials, first
responders, and the US Government including the USDOE, USDOT, US EPA, US DOC (particularly
NIST), OMB, National Laboratories, hydrogen and fuel cell users and consumers,
and others. International stakeholders shall also be taken into account where
their products or services might serve the US market.
HFC4 will support
and encourage technical and operational consistency among and across the codes
and standards developed by different organizations. The HFC4 will provide a forum
to list the differences, understand the details, and facilitate consistency.
will promote the harmonization of international hydrogen and fuel cell codes,
standards and regulations by outreach to and collaboration with the international
organizations involved in their development.
will convene meetings, in person and using teleconferencing, to allow the productive
interaction of stakeholders to achieve these strategic objectives:
shall be set beforehand, with input from affected stakeholders;
minutes shall be published and accessible on the web at www.hydrogenandfuelcellsafety.info
items for members and affected stakeholders will be tracked and communicated;
- Smaller working groups may be established to complete specific items
within the NHA or USFCC codes and standards committees, depending on topic and
staff resources. In this case, a roster of working group members will be reported
to HFC4 to facilitate discussion and input from others, and the results of the
working group will be reported to the HFC4, as well as provided to the SDO/CDOs.
possible, in person meetings will be co-located with applicable meetings or conferences
to minimize unnecessary travel and maximize opportunities to engage stakeholders.
A calendar of upcoming meetings and conferences will be maintained at www.hydrogenandfuelcellsafety.info
HFC4 will provide a forum to discuss standards, proceedings, and rulemakings
that are open for input and comment as part of their drafting, review, revision,
or approval cycles. Information on how to comment, when to comment, and the process
for defending comments will be provided with as much advance notice as practicable.
SDO/CDOs will be encouraged to provide a 90-day notice and logistic details on
upcoming comment periods to facilitate industry input.
HFC4 will help establish
and communicate priorities and align resources for codes and standards development,
and the necessary performance and safety data generation for decision making,
with the existing codes and standards development cycles. Criteria will include
assessing the potential safety risks and the impact of codes and standards availability
on commercialization timelines.
HFC4 will facilitate coordinating and integrating
the many global activities in hydrogen codes and standards development to help
ensure their consistency and the best use of resources.
HFC4 will work
to help familiarize building code and fire safety professionals, local/state/Federal
policymakers and other strategic stakeholders (e.g., homebuilders, architects,
transportation regulators, users and consumers, etc.) with relevant hydrogen and
fuel cell technical and codes and standards information.
HFC4 will support
to provide up-to-date information on hydrogen and fuel cell codes and standards
activities worldwide. www.fuelcellstandards.com
will maintain the matrix of ongoing and completed codes, standards and regulations,
with status and contact information. www.hydrogenandfuelcellsafety.info
will provide minutes of the HFC4 meetings, as well as short written reports of
timely safety, codes and standards activities and actions, and emphasize when
documents are open for comment, new activities are formed, and opportunities to
influence codes and standards are coming up.
HFC4 will identify critical
gaps and deficiencies in hydrogen and fuel cell codes and standards and formulate
recommendations to address them.