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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Hyper-Platy Kaolins for Improved Barrier Performance, PaperCon '09 Conference

Hyper-Platy Kaolins for Improved Barrier Performance, PaperCon '09 Conference

EMVECO Profiling to Reduce Smoothness Variability, PaperCon '09 Conference

EMVECO Profiling to Reduce Smoothness Variability, PaperCon '09 Conference

Influence of Application Method on Coating Structure, PaperCon '09 Conference

Influence of Application Method on Coating Structure, PaperCon '09 Conference

Insulation, the Forgotten Technology - For Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction, PaperCon '09 Conference

Insulation, the Forgotten Technology - For Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction, PaperCon '09 Conference

How Can Measuring Colloidal Organic Variability Improve Paper Machine Runnability?, PaperCon '09 Conference

How Can Measuring Colloidal Organic Variability Improve Paper Machine Runnability?, PaperCon '09 Conference

Flexible Food Packagingfor the 21st Century and Beyond, 2009 Course on Packaging Solutions for Barrier Performance

Flexible Food Packagingfor the 21st Century and Beyond, 2009 Course on Packaging Solutions for Barrier Performance

Antimicrobial Nano-Biotechnologies for Flexible Bioactive Packaging, 2009 Symposium on Nanomaterials for Flexible Packaging

Antimicrobial Nano-Biotechnologies for Flexible Bioactive Packaging, 2009 Symposium on Nanomaterials for Flexible Packaging

Flexible Packaging Barrier Challenges, 2009 Course on Packaging Solutions for Barrier Performance

Flexible Packaging Barrier Challenges, 2009 Course on Packaging Solutions for Barrier Performance

Why Choose Blown, Cast or Lamination Processes to achieve Barrier Properties?, 2009 Course on Packaging Solutions for Barrier Performance

Why Choose Blown, Cast or Lamination Processes to achieve Barrier Properties?, 2009 Course on Packaging Solutions for Barrier Performance

Low Frequency MD Variations: Some Case Histories, PaperCon '09 Conference

Low Frequency MD Variations: Some Case Histories, PaperCon '09 Conference

NanoBio Sensors and Integrated Microsystems for Intelligent Food Packaging, 2009 Symposium on Nanomaterials for Flexible Packaging

NanoBio Sensors and Integrated Microsystems for Intelligent Food Packaging, 2009 Symposium on Nanomaterials for Flexible Packaging

MSP Runnability and Synthetic Binders, PaperCon '09 Conference

MSP Runnability and Synthetic Binders, PaperCon '09 Conference

Mill Experiences with biobased latex in Brazil, PaperCon '09 Conference

Mill Experiences with biobased latex in Brazil, PaperCon '09 Conference

Flexible Packaging Prediction, 2009 Course on Packaging Solutions for Barrier Performance

Flexible Packaging Prediction, 2009 Course on Packaging Solutions for Barrier Performance

Pilot Trails as a Key to Developing Value-Added Specialty Paper and Paperboard Products, 2009 Specialty Papers Conference

Pilot Trails as a Key to Developing Value-Added Specialty Paper and Paperboard Products, 2009 Specialty Papers Conference

TAPPI Clothing Panel, PaperCon '09 Conference

TAPPI Clothing Panel, PaperCon '09 Conference

Polymer/Inorganic Nanocomposites Opportunities for Food Packaging Barrier, 2009 Symposium on Nanomaterials for Flexible Packaging

Polymer/Inorganic Nanocomposites Opportunities for Food Packaging Barrier, 2009 Symposium on Nanomaterials for Flexible Packaging

NEW NANOPARTICLE SILICA TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES LIMITS OF RETENTION AND DRAINAGE PERFORMANCE, PaperCon '09 Conference

NEW NANOPARTICLE SILICA TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES LIMITS OF RETENTION AND DRAINAGE PERFORMANCE, PaperCon '09 Conference

Printed Intelligence in Packaging: Current and Potential Applications of Nanotechnology, 2009 Symposium on Nanomaterials for Flexible Packaging

Printed Intelligence in Packaging: Current and Potential Applications of Nanotechnology, 2009 Symposium on Nanomaterials for Flexible Packaging

The Effect of Recent/Emerging Developments on Specialty Papers, 2009 Specialty Papers Conference

The Effect of Recent/Emerging Developments on Specialty Papers, 2009 Specialty Papers Conference