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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Green Dividends: Who is Making the Rules?, 1994 Papermakers Conference Proceedings

Green Dividends: Who is Making the Rules?, 1994 Papermakers Conference Proceedings

Mill Performance of a Brominated Methylethylhydantoin Slimicide, 1999 Papermakers Conference Proceedings

Mill Performance of a Brominated Methylethylhydantoin Slimicide, 1999 Papermakers Conference Proceedings

Are You Building an Environmental Management Systems or Are You Just Hanging Wallpaper, 1997 Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Are You Building an Environmental Management Systems or Are You Just Hanging Wallpaper, 1997 Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Quality Enviromental Management System: ELECTRONIC Documentation Management, 1998 Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Quality Enviromental Management System: ELECTRONIC Documentation Management, 1998 Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Beneficial Use of Short Paper Fiber (paper mill sludge) for Pollution Prevention in the Mining Industry, 2004 Paper Summit, Spring Technical & International Environmental Conference, (including Pa

Beneficial Use of Short Paper Fiber (paper mill sludge) for Pollution Prevention in the Mining Industry, 2004 Paper Summit, Spring Technical & International Environmental Conference, (including Papermakers; Process Control, Electrical & Information; Produ

Integrating Compliance Assurance into an EPA National Environmental Performance Track EMS, 2004 Paper Summit, Spring Technical & International Environmental Conference, (including Papermakers; Pro

Integrating Compliance Assurance into an EPA National Environmental Performance Track EMS, 2004 Paper Summit, Spring Technical & International Environmental Conference, (including Papermakers; Process Control, Electrical & Information; Product & Product Q

Risk-Based Management of Metals Associated with Pulp and Paper Residuals, 2004 Paper Summit, Spring Technical & International Environmental Conference, (including Papermakers; Process Control, Ele

Risk-Based Management of Metals Associated with Pulp and Paper Residuals, 2004 Paper Summit, Spring Technical & International Environmental Conference, (including Papermakers; Process Control, Electrical & Information; Product & Product Quality)

Accurate and Sustainable Bleach Plant pH Control, 2000 Pulping / Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Accurate and Sustainable Bleach Plant pH Control, 2000 Pulping / Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Corona Generated Ozone - Its In-House Destruction, 1992 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings

Corona Generated Ozone - Its In-House Destruction, 1992 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings

Environmentally Conscious Hot Melt Adhesives, 1991 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings

Environmentally Conscious Hot Melt Adhesives, 1991 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings

Modern Hot Melt Adhesives - for Environmental Benign Applications, 2003 PLACE Conference & GLOBAL HOT MELT Symposium

Modern Hot Melt Adhesives - for Environmental Benign Applications, 2003 PLACE Conference & GLOBAL HOT MELT Symposium

Enhancement Studies on Operation and Control of Water Usage in Paper Mills, 1997 Papermakers Conference Proceedings

Enhancement Studies on Operation and Control of Water Usage in Paper Mills, 1997 Papermakers Conference Proceedings

Biodegradation and Plasticization of Cellulose Acetate, 1995 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Biodegradation and Plasticization of Cellulose Acetate, 1995 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Environmentally Friendly Binders For Chemically Bonded Durable Nonwovens, 1995 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Environmentally Friendly Binders For Chemically Bonded Durable Nonwovens, 1995 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Influence of ISO 9001 Registration on Organizational Culture: A Case Study of Prodesco, Inc., 1995 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Influence of ISO 9001 Registration on Organizational Culture: A Case Study of Prodesco, Inc., 1995 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Microbiological Control of Slime On Glass Mat Machines, 1995 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Microbiological Control of Slime On Glass Mat Machines, 1995 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Formaldhyde-Free Acrylic Binder for Constructing Completely Recyclable High Performance Nonwovens - Reuse of Fibers and Binders, 1996 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Formaldhyde-Free Acrylic Binder for Constructing Completely Recyclable High Performance Nonwovens - Reuse of Fibers and Binders, 1996 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Experience with Life Cycle Assessment in Woven Textiles, 1997 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Experience with Life Cycle Assessment in Woven Textiles, 1997 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

ISO 14000 Series: Changing the Way Companies Do Business in the 21st Century, 1995 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

ISO 14000 Series: Changing the Way Companies Do Business in the 21st Century, 1995 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Compostable Nonwovens From Cotton/Cellulose Acetate Blends, 1995 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Compostable Nonwovens From Cotton/Cellulose Acetate Blends, 1995 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings