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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Role of Scale of Formation In Monitoring Papermachine CD Variability of Formation, 1998 Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Role of Scale of Formation In Monitoring Papermachine CD Variability of Formation, 1998 Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

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Modern Approach for Precise Sizing Measurement, 2004 Paper Summit, Spring Technical & International Environmental Conference, (including Papermakers; Process Control, Electrical & Information;

Modern Approach for Precise Sizing Measurement, 2004 Paper Summit, Spring Technical & International Environmental Conference, (including Papermakers; Process Control, Electrical & Information; Product & Product Quality)

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Thermal Load Reduction and Discharge Enhancement at the MeadWestvaco Covington Mill, 2004 Paper Summit, Spring Technical & International Environmental Conference, (including Papermakers; Process C

Thermal Load Reduction and Discharge Enhancement at the MeadWestvaco Covington Mill, 2004 Paper Summit, Spring Technical & International Environmental Conference, (including Papermakers; Process Control, Electrical & Information; Product & Product Quality

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Help Your Supplier, Help Yourself, 1999 Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Help Your Supplier, Help Yourself, 1999 Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

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Characterizing Pulps for Paper Machine Runnability, 1999 Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Characterizing Pulps for Paper Machine Runnability, 1999 Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

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Value of Improved Chip Quality to the Pulp Mill Operation, 2000 Pulping / Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Value of Improved Chip Quality to the Pulp Mill Operation, 2000 Pulping / Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

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Do You Know What Causes the Variability in the Paper You Produce?, 2004 Paper Summit, Spring Technical & International Environmental Conference, (including Papermakers; Process Control, Electrical

Do You Know What Causes the Variability in the Paper You Produce?, 2004 Paper Summit, Spring Technical & International Environmental Conference, (including Papermakers; Process Control, Electrical & Information; Product & Product Quality)

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Hydrogen Peroxide Brightening - Medium or High Consistency Which Way to Go?, 1990 Pulping Conference Proceedings

Hydrogen Peroxide Brightening - Medium or High Consistency Which Way to Go?, 1990 Pulping Conference Proceedings

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Inorganic Scale in ECF Bleach Plants: Rapid Test Method for Prediction and Control, 2001 Pulping Conference Proceedings

Inorganic Scale in ECF Bleach Plants: Rapid Test Method for Prediction and Control, 2001 Pulping Conference Proceedings

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Preliminary Investigation into Factors Affecting Second Critical Solids Black Liquor Scaling, 2000 Pulping / Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Preliminary Investigation into Factors Affecting Second Critical Solids Black Liquor Scaling, 2000 Pulping / Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

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Modelling Relationships Between Wood and Fiber Properties and Thermo-Mechanical Pulp Properties Through a New TMP Pilot Unit Part 1: Description of the Method, 2001 Pulping Conference Proceedings

Modelling Relationships Between Wood and Fiber Properties and Thermo-Mechanical Pulp Properties Through a New TMP Pilot Unit Part 1: Description of the Method, 2001 Pulping Conference Proceedings

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Improved LLDPE Film Performance Via Alternative Bubble Shape, 1996 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings

Improved LLDPE Film Performance Via Alternative Bubble Shape, 1996 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings

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Finite Element Analysis of the Bending of Film Winding Rolls, 1996 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings

Finite Element Analysis of the Bending of Film Winding Rolls, 1996 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings

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Corona Treating Electrodes: Effect on Treatment Level and Efficiency, 1995 Polymers, Laminations, and Coatings Conference Proceedings

Corona Treating Electrodes: Effect on Treatment Level and Efficiency, 1995 Polymers, Laminations, and Coatings Conference Proceedings

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Title: The Facts Regarding Alternative Adhesive Technologies Used to Reduct Volatile Organic Compound Emissions, 1991 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings

Title: The Facts Regarding Alternative Adhesive Technologies Used to Reduct Volatile Organic Compound Emissions, 1991 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings

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Water-Based Inks Based on a New Class of Polyester Resins, 1991 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings

Water-Based Inks Based on a New Class of Polyester Resins, 1991 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings

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Solventless Lamination: The Modern Answer to Lamination, 1991 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings

Solventless Lamination: The Modern Answer to Lamination, 1991 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings

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Economic Benefits of Waste Minimization to a Convertor, 1991 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings

Economic Benefits of Waste Minimization to a Convertor, 1991 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings

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Important New Developments in Measuring the Water Vapor Transmission Rates of Barrier Materials, 1996 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings

Important New Developments in Measuring the Water Vapor Transmission Rates of Barrier Materials, 1996 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings

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Flame Plasma Treatment - A Viable Alternative to Corona Treatment, 1995 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings

Flame Plasma Treatment - A Viable Alternative to Corona Treatment, 1995 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings