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Accept in Principle in Part

This is a combination of "Accept in Principle" and "Accept in Part" as shown above.

Committee Statements

Any proposal that is "Accepted in Principle", "Accepted in Part", "Accepted in Principle in Part" or "Rejected" must include a committee statement, preferably technical in nature that provides the reasons for the action.

References to the requirements of other documents as a reason for rejection should be to the specific sections of the document including the requirements. If there is more than one such section, the reference should include a least one, identified as an example.

It is a violation of the regulations for a committee to reject a proposal simply because it accepted a different proposal on the same subject. Reference in the committee statement to another committee action is inappropriate unless the referenced proposal contains all of the applicable technical justification for the action.

If the rejection or change was for the same reason that another proposal was rejected or changed, the committee statement may refer to that proposal giving the same reason for rejection or change. Please verify that cross references to other proposals are correct.

The committee statement should not refer to another committee statement which, in turn, refers to some other committee statement. There may be a situation where the committee will want to refer to two, three, or more committee statements if they are all appropriate.

When the committee develops a committee action for a proposal that is accepted in principle, the rationale must indicate why the wording submitted was not accepted. This reason should be technical in nature, unless the committee has simply rewritten the submitter's text, in which case the committee can state that the proposed wording should meet the submitter's intent.

The committee statement on a proposal that is accepted in part should indicate specifically why that part of the proposal was not accepted.

Easy Procedures for Handling a Motion

NFPA Committee Meetings are conducted in accordance with Roberts' Rules of Order. In order for a proposal to be discussed, a motion must be made. A simplified procedure for discussion of motions is as follows:


  • Member Addresses the Chair

  • Receives Recognition from the Chair

  • Introduces the Motion

  • (Another Member) Seconds the Motion.

Chair (Presiding Officer)

  • States the Motion

  • Calls for Discussion

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