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The ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Committee and Submittals to the Committee shall include:
its Subcommittees, Subgroups, and Working Groups meet (a) Scope. Specify one of the following:
regularly to consider revisions of the Code rules, new (1) revision of present Code rule(s)
Code rules as dictated by technological development, (2) new or additional Code rule(s)
Code Cases, and Code interpretations. This Appendix (3) Code Case
provides guidance to Code users for submitting technical (4) Code interpretation
inquiries to the Committee. Technical inquiries include (b) Background. Provide the information needed for
requests for revisions or additions to the Code rules, the Committee’s understanding of the inquiry, being sure
requests for Code Cases, and requests for Code interpreta- to include reference to the applicable Code Section, Divi-
tions. sion, Edition, Addenda, paragraphs, figures, and tables.
Code Cases may be issued by the Committee when Preferably, provide a copy of the specific referenced por-
the need is urgent. Code Cases clarify the intent of tions of the Code.
existing Code requirements or provide alternative require- (c) Presentations. The inquirer may desire or be
ments. Code Cases are written as a question and a reply asked to attend a meeting of the Committee to make

and are usually intended to be incorporated into the Code a formal presentation or to answer questions from the
at a later date. Code interpretations provide the meaning Committee members with regard to the inquiry. Atten-
of or the intent of existing rules in the Code and are also dance at a Committee meeting shall be at the expense of
presented as a question and a reply. Both Code Cases the inquirer. The inquirer’s attendance or lack of atten-
and Code interpretations are published by the Committee. dance at a meeting shall not be a basis for acceptance or
The Code rules, Code Cases, and Code interpretations rejection of the inquiry by the Commitee.
established by the Committee are not to be considered
as approving, recommending, certifying, or endorsing any
proprietary or specific design or as limiting in any way A-300 CODE REVISIONS OR ADDITIONS
the freedom of manufacturers or constructors to choose
any method of design or any form of construction that Requests for Code revisions or additions shall provide
conforms to the Code rules. the following:
As an alternative to the requirements of this Appendix, (a) Proposed Revision(s) or Addition(s). For revi-
members of the Committee and its Subcommittees, Sub- sions, identify the rules of the Code that require revision
groups, and Working Groups may introduce requests for and submit a copy of the appropriate rules as they appear
Code revisions or additions, Code Cases, and Code inter- in the Code marked up with the proposed revision. For
pretations at their respective Committee meetings or may additions, provide the recommended wording referenced
submit such requests to the secretary of a Subcommittee, to the existing Code rules.
Subgroup, or Working Group. (b) Statement of Need. Provide a brief explanation of
Inquiries that do not comply with the provisions of this the need for the revision(s) or addition(s).
Appendix or that do not provide sufficient information for (c) Background Information. Provide background
the Committee’s full understanding may result in the information to support the revision(s) or addition(s)
request being returned to the inquirer with no action. including any data or changes in technology that form


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A-300 2004 SECTION IX A-600

the basis for the request that will allow the Committee (b) Reply. Provide a proposed Reply that will clearly
to adequately evaluate the proposed revision(s) or addi- and concisely answer the Inquiry question. Preferably,
tion(s). Sketches, tables, figures, and graphs should be the Reply should be “yes” or “no” with brief provisos.
submitted as appropriate. When applicable, identify any (c) Background Information. Provide any back-
pertinent paragraph in the Code that would be affected ground information that will assist the Committee in
by the revision(s) or addition(s) and paragraphs in the understanding the proposed Inquiry and Reply.
Code that reference the paragraphs that are to be revised
or added.
A-400 CODE CASES Submittals to and responses from the Committee shall
Requests for Code Cases shall provide a Statement of meet the following:
Need and Background Information similar to that defined (a) Submittal. Inquiries from Code users shall prefera-
in A-300(b) and A-300(c), respectively, for Code revi- bly be submitted in typewritten form; however, legible
sions or additions. The proposed Code Case should iden- handwritten inquiries will also be considered. They shall
tify the Code Section and Division and be written as a include the name, address, telephone number, and a fax
Question and a Reply in the same format as existing Code number, if available, of the inquirer and be mailed to the
Cases. following address:
ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Committee
Requests for Code interpretations shall provide the New York, N.Y. 10016-5990
following: (b) Response. The Secretary of the ASME Boiler and
(a) Inquiry. Provide a condensed and precise ques- Pressure Vessel Committee or of the appropriate Subcom-
tion, omitting superfluous background information, and, mittee shall acknowledge receipt of each properly pre-
when possible, composed in such a way that a “yes” or pared inquiry and shall provide a written response to the
a “no” Reply, possibly with brief provisos, is acceptable. inquirer upon completion of the requested action by the
The question should be technically and editorially correct. Code Committee.



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