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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Analysis of Alkyl Ketene Dimer (AKD) by Potentiometric Titration, 1994 Papermakers Conference Proceedings

Analysis of Alkyl Ketene Dimer (AKD) by Potentiometric Titration, 1994 Papermakers Conference Proceedings

High-Speed Infrared Detection of Coated Roll Surface Defects, 1997 Papermakers Conference Proceedings

High-Speed Infrared Detection of Coated Roll Surface Defects, 1997 Papermakers Conference Proceedings

New Stickies Test Method - Statistically Sound and User Friendly, 1998 Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

New Stickies Test Method - Statistically Sound and User Friendly, 1998 Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

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

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

Cationic Polystyrene-Bases Paper Sizing Agents, 1997 Papermakers Conference Proceedings

Cationic Polystyrene-Bases Paper Sizing Agents, 1997 Papermakers Conference Proceedings

Surface Characterization by Partial-Coverage Printing and Image Analysis, 1996 Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Surface Characterization by Partial-Coverage Printing and Image Analysis, 1996 Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Effects of System Closure on Retention and Drainage Aid Performance in TMP Newsprint Manufacture, 1998 Papermakers Conference Proceedings

Effects of System Closure on Retention and Drainage Aid Performance in TMP Newsprint Manufacture, 1998 Papermakers Conference Proceedings

Use of The U.S. Forest Products Laboratory's Image Analysis Protocol in Evaluation of Pressure Sensitive Adhesives (PSA), 1998 Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Use of The U.S. Forest Products Laboratory's Image Analysis Protocal in Evaluation of Pressure Sensitive Adhesives (PSA), 1998 Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

On-Line Charge Monitoring- A Wet-End Strategy, 1997 Papermakers Conference Proceedings

On-Line Charge Monitoring- A Wet-End Strategy, 1997 Papermakers Conference Proceedings

Stickies Quantification Using Pulp Screening, Lamination and Image Analysis, 1998 Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Stickies Quantification Using Pulp Screening, Lamination and Image Analysis, 1998 Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Effects of Electromagnetic Flowmeter on Continuous Digester, 2000 Pulping / Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Effects of Electromagnetic Flowmeter on Continuous Digester, 2000 Pulping / Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Online vs. Offline Testing: Pros and Cons, 2004 Paper Summit, Spring Technical & International Environmental Conference, (including Papermakers; Process Control, Electrical & Information; Prod

Online vs. Offline Testing: Pros and Cons, 2004 Paper Summit, Spring Technical & International Environmental Conference, (including Papermakers; Process Control, Electrical & Information; Product & Product Quality)

Recent Results from a Scanning Gamma Sensor in a Paper Machine, 2000 Pulping / Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Recent Results from a Scanning Gamma Sensor in a Paper Machine, 2000 Pulping / Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Charcterization Of Facial Tissue Softness, 2004 Paper Summit, Spring Technical & International Environmental Conference, (including Papermakers; Process Control, Electrical & Information; Prod

Charcterization Of Facial Tissue Softness, 2004 Paper Summit, Spring Technical & International Environmental Conference, (including Papermakers; Process Control, Electrical & Information; Product & Product Quality)

Simultaneous and Rapid Analysis of Hydroxide, Sulfide, and Carbonate in Kraft Liquors by Attenuated Total Reflection UV Spectroscopy, 2000 Pulping / Process & Product Quality Conference Proceeding

Simultaneous and Rapid Analysis of Hydroxide, Sulfide, and Carbonate in Kraft Liquors by Attenuated Total Reflection UV Spectroscopy, 2000 Pulping / Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Improved Recovery Boiler Performance Through Control of Combustion, Sulfur and Alkali Chemistry, 2004 Paper Summit, Spring Technical & International Environmental Conference (including Papermakers

Improved Recovery Boiler Performance Through Control of Combustion, Sulfur and Alkali Chemistry, 2004 Paper Summit, Spring Technical & International Environmental Conference (including Papermakers; Process Control, Electrical & Information; Product & Prod

Comparison of Refining of Soda AQ and Organosolv Wheat Straw Pulps with Traditional Wood Pulps, 2000 Pulping / Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Comparison of Refining of Soda AQ and Organosolv Wheat Straw Pulps with Traditional Wood Pulps, 2000 Pulping / Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

The Chemical Barrier for Oxygen Delignification, 2004 Paper Summit, Spring Technical & International Environmental Conference, (including Papermakers; Process Control, Electrical & Information

The Chemical Barrier for Oxygen Delignification, 2004 Paper Summit, Spring Technical & International Environmental Conference, (including Papermakers; Process Control, Electrical & Information; Product & Product Quality)

The Mechanism of Premixing Process for Rosin Sizes under Neutral-Alkaline Papermaking, 2004 Paper Summit, Spring Technical & International Environmental Conference, (including Papermakers; Process

The Mechanism of Premixing Process for Rosin Sizes under Neutral-Alkaline Papermaking, 2004 Paper Summit, Spring Technical & International Environmental Conference, (including Papermakers; Process Control, Electrical & Information; Product & Product Quali

Potential of Arundo Donax (Giant Reed) for Papermaking, 2000 Pulping / Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Potential of Arundo Donax (Giant Reed) for Papermaking, 2000 Pulping / Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings