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New NFPA Authenticity Program protects standards users

The US National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced the initial launch of its Authenticity Program, through which users and customers can ensure that digital copies of NFPA documents have not been altered in any way.

The NFPA Authenticity Program was developed in response to growing concerns about maliciously altered, counterfeit or unauthorized copies of NFPA digital documents. Now, with this program, users can assure themselves that they have authentic materials by downloading them only from NFPA.org or its authorized resellers and by always finding and clicking on the Authenticity Stamp on any NFPA document they plan to use.

The NFPA Authenticity Stamp contains a customer’s identification number, and is a live link to a verification database that includes NFPA documents in this program. By clicking the link, a verification process will begin, redirecting the user to a website that displays customer and code information. If the document does not have the Authenticity Stamp, or if any of the information is incorrect, or there is no link to www.nfpa.org, the downloaded document is unauthorized and may be inaccurate. Use of that digital code or standard should be discontinued and NFPA’s customer service department should be contacted to report the problem and get help in obtaining genuine NFPA codes and standards.

The new Authenticity Program will provide business continuity managers with the assurance that their copy of the NFPA 1600 Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs is the genuine and unadulterated version.

NFPA 1600 is available as the 2013 and previous versions from here.

•Date: 5th April 2013 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC standards

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