U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Fuel Cell Technologies Office – Safety, Codes & Standards

Regulations, Guidelines and Codes and Standards

Many regulations, guidelines, and codes and standards have already been established through years of hydrogen use in industrial and aerospace applications. In addition, systems and organizations are already in place to establish codes and standards that facilitate hydrogen and fuel cell commercialization.

Standards Development Organizations 

Because hydrogen and fuel cell systems are complex and will be used in a wide range of applications, many standards development organizations are working to develop codes and standards needed to prepare for the commercialization of alternative fuel vehicle technologies.

Permitting Guides 

To help regulators sort through these codes and standards, DOE sponsored the development of permitting guides to provide basic information about the regulatory process and relevant codes and standards for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

The Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Codes and Standards Matrix is an up-to-date directory of all codes and standards worldwide dealing with hydrogen, fuel cells, and fuel cell–related issues.