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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Can Tungsten Carbide Cut it?â?? - Cemented Tungsten Carbide Tooling for the Paper Converting Industryâ?, 2014 PLACE Conference

Can Tungsten Carbide Cut it?“ - Cemented Tungsten Carbide Tooling for the Paper Converting Industry”, 2014 PLACE Conference

Nonwovens Industry-Specific Integrated IT Systems, PaperCon 2014

Nonwovens Industry-Specific Integrated IT Systems, PaperCon 2014

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging Measurements of Spherical Particle Suspensions During Flow, 1995 Coating Fundamentals Symposium Proceedings

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging Measurements of Spherical Particle Suspensions During Flow, 1995 Coating Fundamentals Symposium Proceedings

Conference papers
2011 Corrugated Conference Proceedings CD

2011 Corrugated Conference Proceedings CD

Conference papers
2013 Corrugated Conference Proceedings Flash Drive

2013 Corrugated Conference Proceedings Flash Drive

Successful Start-Up of an Activated Sludge Treatment System Following an Extended Mill Closure, 2002 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Successful Start-Up of an Activated Sludge Treatment System Following an Extended Mill Closure, 2002 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Approach to Managing the ESA Process as a Part of a NPDES Permit Renewal, 2001 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Approach to Managing the ESA Process as a Part of a NPDES Permit Renewal, 2001 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Offsetting EMS Training Costs Through Tax Credits or Grants, 2002 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Offsetting EMS Training Costs Through Tax Credits or Grants, 2002 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Crisis Communications in the ERA of 'Right to Know', 1992 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Crisis Communications in the ERA of 'Right to Know', 1992 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Corporate Waste Minimization Policies, Implementation and Effectiveness, 1993 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Corporate Waste Minimization Policies, Implementation and Effectiveness, 1993 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Implications of Title V for Corrugated Container Facilities, 1997 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Implications of Title V for Corrugated Container Facilities, 1997 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Teaming to Perform an Effective Environmental Compliance Audit, 1997 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Teaming to Perform an Effective Environmental Compliance Audit, 1997 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Risk Management Planning: Opting Out Through Shemical Substitution or Minimizing Off-Site Impacts Through Mitigation Systems, 1998 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Risk Management Planning: Opting Out Through Shemical Substitution or Minimizing Off-Site Impacts Through Mitigation Systems, 1998 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Permitting, Startup, and Repermitting of the Wood Waste Cogeneration Boiler at Kimberly-Clark, Everett, Washington, 1998 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Permitting, Startup, and Repermitting of the Wood Waste Cogeneration Boiler at Kimberly-Clark, Everett, Washington, 1998 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Perspectives on Environmental Compliance Auditing, 2000 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Perspectives on Environmental Compliance Auditing, 2000 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Environmental Management System (EMS) Tools for Effluent Toxicity Prevention and Response, 2000 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Environmental Management System (EMS) Tools for Effluent Toxicity Prevention and Response, 2000 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Agronomic Utilization of Biosolids from Pulp and Paper Mills and Other Residuals in Quebec: Risk Management, 2002 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Agronomic Utilization of Biosolids from Pulp and Paper Mills and Other Residuals in Quebec: Risk Management, 2002 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Benchmarking the Effluent Treatment in our Five Pulp Mills, 2003 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Benchmarking the Effluent Treatment in our Five Pulp Mills, 2003 Environmental Conference Proceedings

One Step Ahead: A Proactive Approach to Community Relations, 2002 Environmental Conference Proceedings

One Step Ahead: A Proactive Approach to Community Relations, 2002 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Air Quality-Global Climate Change-Forest Productivity: A Frame of Reference, 1990 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Air Quality-Global Climate Change-Forest Productivity: A Frame of Reference, 1990 Environmental Conference Proceedings