Developing TAPPI Standards

Standards are of the utmost importance in the pulp, paper and converting industries as they have a serious impact on business and trade. As a member, you are eligible to get involved in the process of developing new Standards for the industry.

How to Propose new Standards

Are you interested in proposing a new Standard? We encourage members to consult our complete list of subject categories for Standards below, or view the PDF list.

If you have a general idea for a Standard, you can complete the New Idea Submission Form. We will review your idea and identify the right committee or group to work on your suggestion.

If you already further along, you can send an initial draft to standards@tappi.org. A Standards manager will then work with you to develop a Standard-Specific Interest Group (SSIG) for the new Standard. This will set in motion the development and review process, which is described in the Standards Guidelines.

TAPPI Standards Guidelines

If you are at the writing stage, or if you are the chairperson of a Standards working group, you can download a copy of our Regulations and Style Guidelines.

In this manual, you will find:

  • How to write a Standard Test Method using proper terminology and format
  • How to write TAPPI Standard Specifications, Glossaries and Guidelines using proper terminology and format
  • What requirements exist for precision statements in Official and Provisional Test Methods
  • A checklist to make sure all required sections have been included in a Standard draft
  • How working group chairperson, working groups and Standard-Specific Interest Groups (SSIGs) fit into the process of preparing a Standard
  • How the balloting process works
  • How to resolve comments and negative votes

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Bonding Lightweight Boards, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Bonding Lightweight Boards, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Effect of Drying Conditions on the Development of Binder Strength in Double Coated SBS Paperboard

Effect of Drying Conditions on the Development of Binder Strength in Double Coated SBS Paperboard

Key Attributes and Opportunities of Multilayer Curtain Coating for Paper, 2005 TAPPI Coating Conference

Key Attributes and Opportunities of Multilayer Curtain Coating for Paper, 2005 TAPPI Coating Conference

TMDLs for Mercury: Common Issues With Other PBTs, 2005 Engineering, Pulping & Environmental Conference

TMDLs for Mercury: Common Issues With Other PBTs, 2005 Engineering, Pulping & Environmental Conference

Energy Safe Procedures, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Energy Safe Procedures, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Improving Profitability With New Surface Coating and Laser Engraving Technologies, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Improving Profitability With New Surface Coating and Laser Engraving Technologies, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Troubleshooting Mill Operations: Bleaching, 2005 Engineering, Pulping & Environmental Conference

Troubleshooting Mill Operations: Bleaching, 2005 Engineering, Pulping & Environmental Conference

Effect of Pigment Properties on Coating Structure as Measured by AFM, 2005 TAPPI Coating Conference

Effect of Pigment Properties on Coating Structure as Measured by AFM, 2005 TAPPI Coating Conference

Print Mottle Reduction Through Clay Engineering and Pore Structuring in Paper Coating, 2005 Coating Conference

Print Mottle Reduction Through Clay Engineering and Pore Structuring in Paper Coating, 2005 Coating Conference

Bobst Polyjoiner, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Bobst Polyjoiner, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

The Impact of Pore Network Structure on the Absorption of Inkjet Inks, 2005 TAPPI Coating Conference

The Impact of Pore Network Structure on the Absorption of Inkjet Inks, 2005 TAPPI Coating Conference

The Precise System Chamber Blade, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

The Precise System Chamber Blade, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Reflectometry and Polarized Light for Studies of Paper Coating Structure, 2005 TAPPI Coating Conference

Reflectometry and Polarized Light for Studies of Paper Coating Structure, 2005 TAPPI Coating Conference

Hardy Instruments: Tension Control System, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Hardy Instruments: Tension Control System, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Reshaping Coated Paper Production in N.A. With Film Coating, 2005 TAPPI Coating Conference

Reshaping Coated Paper Production in N.A. With Film Coating, 2005 TAPPI Coating Conference

A Survey of Mills Using Caustic-Saving Extraction Stage Chemistry, 2005 Engineering, Pulping & Environmental Conference

A Survey of Mills Using Caustic-Saving Extraction Stage Chemistry, 2005 Engineering, Pulping & Environmental Conference

Novel Method for Quantitative Starch Penetration Anlysis Through Iodine Staining and Image Analysis of Cross-Sections of Uncoated Paper and Board, 2005 TAPPI Coating Conference

Novel Method for Quantitative Starch Penetration Anlysis Through Iodine Staining and Image Analysis of Cross-Sections of Uncoated Paper and Board, 2005 TAPPI Coating Conference

Quality Performance Using Increased Moisture Content at the Reel with Woodfree Coatings, 2005 TAPPI Coating Conference

Quality Performance Using Increased Moisture Content at the Reel with Woodfree Coatings, 2005 TAPPI Coating Conference

Two Different Fiberlines, 2005 Engineering, Pulping & Environmental Conference

Two Different Fiberlines, 2005 Engineering, Pulping & Environmental Conference

Tack and Gloss Dynamics of Double Coated Samples, 2005 Coating Conference

Tack and Gloss Dynamics of Double Coated Samples, 2005 Coating Conference