Current approaches to hydrogen and fuel cells safety, codes and standards are based on existing practices, guidelines, and codes and standards developed as a result of hydrogen's use in the chemical and aerospace industries.

While some codes and standards for hydrogen and hydrogen-related systems are already available, in many cases they do not fully address the new issues that arise when considering the needs of a future clean energy economy. DOE is coordinating efforts alongside codes and standards organizations to identify and address the gaps, clarify and consolidate regulations, validate outdated test results, and ultimately develop new, more appropriate codes and standards that will enable the safe use of hydrogen in the future.

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