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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Improving Oxidation of the Extrusion Melt at Higher Line Speeds and Lower Melt Temperatures, 2014 PLACE Conference

Improving Oxidation of the Extrusion Melt at Higher Line Speeds and Lower Melt Temperatures, 2014 PLACE Conference

On-Line Measurement Of Calender Roll Deposits, 2004 Coating and Graphic Arts Conference

On-Line Measurement Of Calender Roll Deposits, 2004 Coating and Graphic Arts Conference

Influence of Surfactants on Curtain Coater Runnability and Paper Quality, 2004 Coating and Graphic Arts Conference

Influence of Surfactants on Curtain Coater Runnability and Paper Quality, 2004 Coating and Graphic Arts Conference

Adjusting Wetting and Adhesion Characteristics with ALD and MLD, 2014 PLACE Conference

Adjusting Wetting and Adhesion Characteristics with ALD and MLD, 2014 PLACE Conference

Optimizing Sealants, Flexible Packaging Film Structures, and Operating Parameters for Ultrasonic Sealing, 2014 PLACE Conference

Optimizing Sealants, Flexible Packaging Film Structures, and Operating Parameters for Ultrasonic Sealing, 2014 PLACE Conference

QCS Control Capabilities for Changing Process Conditions, PaperCon 2014

QCS Control Capabilities for Changing Process Conditions, PaperCon 2014

The Need For CD Mapping Standards To Enhance Sustainability, Agility And Profitability, PaperCon 2014

The Need For CD Mapping Standards To Enhance Sustainability, Agility And Profitability, PaperCon 2014

Bio-Kidney on a Fine Paper Machine, 2003 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Bio-Kidney on a Fine Paper Machine, 2003 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Full-Scale Bubbling Fluidized-Bed Combustion System for Sludge Disposal and Energy Generation for the Paper Recycling Process, 1992 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Full-Scale Bubbling Fluidized-Bed Combustion System for Sludge Disposal and Energy Generation for the Paper Recycling Process, 1992 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Secondary Waste Treatment Plant Control Using Statistical Process Control Techniques, 1994 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Secondary Waste Treatment Plant Control Using Statistical Process Control Techniques, 1994 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Database for VOC Emission Prediction in Kraft Mills, 1998 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Database for VOC Emission Prediction in Kraft Mills, 1998 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Removal of Chronic Toxicity and Organic Matter from a Paper Mill Effluent in an MBBR Process, 2003 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Removal of Chronic Toxicity and Organic Matter from a Paper Mill Effluent in an MBBR Process, 2003 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Custom Developed Environmental Data Management System for Emissioin Factor and Source Test Referencing, 1998 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Custom Developed Environmental Data Management System for Emissioin Factor and Source Test Referencing, 1998 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Capital Planning with the Aid of Process Simulation, 1998 Engineering Conference Proceedings

Capital Planning with the Aid of Process Simulation, 1998 Engineering Conference Proceedings

Production of a Recombinant Protein Using Pichia Pastoris Grown in Kraft Evaporator Condensate, 2003 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Production of a Recombinant Protein Using Pichia Pastoris Grown in Kraft Evaporator Condensate, 2003 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Integration of an Odor Control Gas Collection System With an Active Pulp & Paper Mill Sludge Landfill, 1992 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Integration of an Odor Control Gas Collection System With an Active Pulp & Paper Mill Sludge Landfill, 1992 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Super Low Loaded Activated Sludge Process Incorporating an Aerobic Selector for the Treatment of Pulp and Paper Waste Water, 1993 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Super Low Loaded Activated Sludge Process Incorporating an Aerobic Selector for the Treatment of Pulp and Paper Waste Water, 1993 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Multi Component Control of Brownstock Washing, 1993 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Multi Component Control of Brownstock Washing, 1993 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Louisiana-Pacific: Approaching the Odor Free Kraft Mill, 1998 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Louisiana-Pacific: Approaching the Odor Free Kraft Mill, 1998 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Coater Start-up Optimization, 1998 Coating Conference Proceedings

Coater Start-up Optimization, 1998 Coating Conference Proceedings