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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Journal articles
1997 Environmental Conference reflects continuing high profile of industry environmental concerns and achievements, TAPPI JOURNAL, September 1997, Vol. 80(9)

1997 environmental conference reflects continuing high profile of industry environmental concerns and achievements, TAPPI JOURNAL, September 1997, Vol. 80(9)

Journal articles
Capitalizing on an environmental enterprise, TAPPI JOURNAL, March 1997, Vol. 80(3)

Capitalizing on an environmental enterprise, TAPPI JOURNAL, March 1997, Vol. 80(3)

Webinars
Improving Sustainability with QCS Life Cycle Management

Since inception, Quality Control Systems (QCS) have played an integral role in the quality and efficiency of the paper industry. However, there are instances when needed capital dollars for upgrades are just not available. Agility is therefore required to sustain the life of the QCS while maintaining or improving profitability.

Webinars
A Comparison of the FSC and SFI Forest Certification Standards

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) standards offer two approaches to forest management certificates. 

Webinars
How to Deal with Misleading Environmental Claims Related to Print and Paper

Phil is President and COO of Two Sides U.S., a non-profit that that promotes the responsible use of print and paper, as well as the unique sustainability features of print and paper. Two Sides operates in 12 countries and has over 1,000 members, and is currently a well-known entity in Europe.

Webinars
Renewing the Renewable Industry Driving Innovation In Forest Products

On this upcoming webinar, you will learn more about Agenda 2020, and its mission to transform the forest products industry through innovation. You will also learn about the technology priorities that can enable the industry’s transformation. Receive an update on important research initiatives, and successes and opportunities in funding them–and learn how to benefit from the Agenda 2020 program.

Webinars
Sustaining Profit in Tomorrows Green Economy

The global economy will need to go green. What does that really mean? Will old concepts of sustainability endure? Where will forest products fit and who will profit? Join Avrim Lazar as he looks into our future. 

Webinars
BEAM-- A Model to Assess Biomass Energy Availability Transport Options and Delivery Costs

The Energy Information Administration projects that biomass usage in the power sector alone will increase by a factor of five over the next 25 years.

Journal articles
The cluster rule: The road to promulgation, TAPPI JOURNAL, December 1997, Vol. 80(12)

The cluster rule: the road to promulgation, TAPPI JOURNAL, December 1997, Vol. 80(12)

Journal articles
The effects of a sludge containing dioxin on wildlife in pine plantations, TAPPI JOURNAL January 1989

The effects of a sludge containing dioxin on wildlife in pine plantations, TAPPI JOURNAL January 1989

Journal articles
Monitoring our progress toward sustainability - desirable or undesirable?, TAPPI JOURNAL, May 1997, Vol. 80(5)

Monitoring our progress toward sustainability - desirable or undesirable?, TAPPI JOURNAL, May 1997, Vol. 80(5)

Journal articles
Sailing sabbatical supports sustainability index study, TAPPI JOURNAL, May 1997, Vol. 80(5)

Sailing sabbatical supports sustainability index study, TAPPI JOURNAL, May 1997, Vol. 80(5)

TAPPI News
Hannah Ubl to Deliver Keynote at PaperCon 2018

While many successful businesses understand that growth in today’s marketplace requires a global presence and, in turn, an understanding of other cultures, they still haven’t quite grasped an understanding of the multiple generations within their own organization. Attend Hannah Ubl’s keynote presentation at PaperCon 2018 and learn valuable tips and actionable solutions for your multi-generational workplace. 

TAPPI News
Paper Industry Gives Back to the Community at PaperCon 2018

Join your fellow paper professionals at PaperCon 2018 as they volunteer to package meals for families in need. Even seemingly small contributions can add up to a big impact.  Take action and be part of PaperCon’s Community Service Project on Sunday, April 15, 2018 in Charlotte, NC.


Journal articles
NewPage Rick Willett, Paper360º September 2009

NewPage’s Rick Willett Jr., Paper360º September 2009

Journal articles
The Best Use of Wood, Paper360º January/February 2009

The Best Use of Wood, Paper360º January/February 2009

Journal articles
Trendspotting: sustainability: Science challenges in a environment, Paper360° September 2009

Science Challenges in a Water-Constrained Environment, Paper360º September 2009

Journal articles
From Demonstrations to Dialogue, Paper360º April 2007

From Demonstrations to Dialogue, Paper360º April 2007

Journal articles
Smartmill, Preview, EPE Conference will spotlight bio-energy, sustainability, cost reduction breakthroughs, Paper360° September 2007

EPE Conference will spotlight bio-energy, sustainability, cost reduction break throughs, Paper360º September 2007

Journal articles
Cellulosic Bioproducts Will Be Important to Pulp and Paper, Paper360º November/December 2013

Cellulosic Bioproducts Will Be Important to Pulp and Paper, Paper360º November/December 2013