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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Novel Amorphous Polyalphaolefins (APAO) in Hot Melt Adhesive Formulations, 1991 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings

Novel Amorphous Polyalphaolefins (APAO) in Hot Melt Adhesive Formulations, 1991 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings

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Optimizing COF, Seal Performance, and Optical Properties of Polyolefin Plastomers, 1995 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings

Optimizing COF, Seal Performance, and Optical Properties of Polyolefin Plastomers, 1995 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings

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Coextruded HMW-HDPE Film Structures with Improved Bubble Stability, The PLACE, December 2006

Coextruded HMW-HDPE Film Structures with Improved Bubble Stability, The PLACE, December 2006

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The Role of Adhesives in the Retort Pouch

The Role of Adhesives in the Retort Pouch

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Clarifiers for Polypropylene Film, The PLACE, December 2006

Clarifiers for Polypropylene Film, The PLACE, December 2006

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Electron Beam Curable Gas and Aroma Barrier Technology, 2006 PLACE Conference

Electron Beam Curable Gas and Aroma Barrier Technology, 2006 PLACE Conference

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Geotextile Trends and Developments, 1995 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Geotextile Trends and Developments, 1995 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

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Rheological Indicators to Predict the Extrusion Coating Performance of LDPE, 2004 PLACE Conference

Rheological Indicators to Predict the Extrusion Coating Performance of LDPE, 2004 PLACE Conference

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Degradation Of LDPE LLDPE and HDPE In Film Extrusion, 2004 PLACE Conference

Degradation Of LDPE LLDPE and HDPE In Film Extrusion, 2004 PLACE Conference

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Enhanced Economics of 100% Solids Adhesives, The PLACE, December 2006

Enhanced Economics of 100% Solids Adhesives, The PLACE, December 2006

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New High Barrier Lidding Materials: Optimization Studies to Understand Seal Peel Characteristics to Different Consumer Cup Substrates

New High Barrier Lidding Materials: Optimization Studies to Understand Seal Peel Characteristics to Different Consumer Cup Substrates

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Toughening Clear Polypropylene With Styrenic Block Copolymers

Toughening Clear Polypropylene With Styrenic Block Copolymers

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Don't Let Profits Go Up in Smoke: Modern Air Pollution Control Systems Reduce Energy Costs and Destroy Higher Levels of Air Pollutants

Don't Let Profits Go Up in Smoke: Modern Air Pollution Control Systems Reduce Energy Costs and Destroy Higher Levels of Air Pollutants

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Nanotechnology Functionality in Flexible Packaging; New Methods of Manufacturing, The PLACE, December 2006

Nanotechnology Functionality in Flexible Packaging; New Methods of Manufacturing, The PLACE, December 2006

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Nucleation Of Polyethylene Blown Film

Nucleation Of Polyethylene Blown Film

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Non-Polar Process Aids Improve Extrusion Productivity, 2006 PLACE Conference(1)

Non-Polar Process Aids Improve Extrusion Productivity, 2006 PLACE Conference

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On-line Gauging as a Process Troubleshooting Tool, 2006 PLACE Conference(1)

On-line Gauging as a Process Troubleshooting Tool, 2006 PLACE Conference

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New and Old High Barrier Resins, 2006 PLACE Conference(1)

New and Old High Barrier Resins, 2006 PLACE Conference

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2007 TAPPI PLACE Conference Proceedings

2007 TAPPI PLACE Conference Proceedings

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Troubleshooting Corona Treatment Issues, 2006 PLACE Conference(1)

Troubleshooting Corona Treatment Issues, 2006 PLACE Conference