Based on the discussion at a July meeting in Denver involving the International Code Council and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, IAPMO may maintain ownership and development of the Plumbing Code, with the current Uniform Plumbing Code acting as the base document. The code change process would be the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) process, currently used by IAPMO.

ICC would retain the Mechanical Code. The base document in developing the joint code would be the International Mechanical Code (IMC). The process used to promulgate the Mechanical Code would be the current ICC governmental voting process.

The proposed names for the new codes would be the International Uniform Plumbing Code and the International Uniform Mechanical Code. The two groups would have a permanent license agreement, with IAPMO owning the copyright to the Plumbing Code and ICC owning the copyright to the Mechanical Code. It was left unclear who would own the copyright to the fuel gas sections of the Plumbing Code.

- Excerpted from an article in PM Engineer by Julius Ballanco