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 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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American Forest & Paper Association Releases August 2017 Containerboard Report

September 19, 2017 - Contact: Barbara Riley

American Forest & Paper Association Releases August 2017 Printing-Writing Paper Report

September 22, 2017 - Contact: Barbara Riley

Jay Miele named Allnorth Americas Vice President of Operations

Vancouver, Canada - September 21, 2017

American Forest & Paper Association Releases August 2017 Boxboard Report

September 19, 2017 - Contact: Barbara Riley

2016 Top 20 Under 30 Winners (PDF)

Top Outstanding Young Professionals

2017 Emerging leaders represent WestRock, Domtar, Cascades Tissue Group International Paper, Solenis, and Weidmann Electrical Technology AG

PRESS RELEASE - 2016 Top 20 Under 30 Winners

TAPPI Announces 2016 Young Professionals Division Top 20 Under 30 Winners

Look Beneath the Surface and Learn Solutions

Improving surface adhesion is crucial for better product performance in coating applications. Learn how to make those improvements by attending the Corona & Atmospheric Plasma 101 Course this May in Wisconsin.

Prominent Flexible Packaging Experts to Speak at Conference

Hear a brand owner’s perspective on material selection and consumer messaging, and learn about how supplier innovation is delivering sustainability solutions across the supply chain at TAPPI’s 2018 International Flexible Packaging and Extrusion Division Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, April 22-25.

Enhance Your Industry Library

Whether you are a seasoned professional or someone just starting out it's important to stay on top of industry trends and topics of interest. And one of the best ways to keep up is with a strong knowledge base.  

Explore the Future of Flexible Packaging at TAPPI’s 2018 Conference

Encounter industry innovations that are on the horizon and learn about consumer packaging preferences at this one-stop shop for collaboration among flexible packaging professionals at TAPPI’s 2018 International Flexible Packaging and Extrusion Division Conference.

2018 TAPPI Board of Directors

TAPPI is pleased to announce the official results of the elections for its 2018 Board of Directors.   The Board of Directors determines the policies and has general charge of the affairs of the Association.

Limited Seating for TAPPI's Kraft Pulping & Bleaching Course

Gain a better understanding of the entire kraft pulping and bleaching process in only two days of training and learn how one part of the pulp mill effects other areas in papermaking.

We're on a Roll with Tissue Training

Our fall lineup of courses and events offers something for everyone in tissue making.

Limited Seats Available for Intro to Kraft Pulping & Bleaching Course

This course will help you gain confidence in this area of operations, expand your understanding of kraft pulp mill operations and how one part of the process affects other operations.

Two Weeks and Counting Until IBBC 2017

The Countdown has started. IBBC 2017 kicks off in just over two weeks and you don’t want to miss it. Gain the industry knowledge you need to be successful in this growing bioeconomy.

Conference Focus on SIF Prevention

Creating a positive safety culture is a vital aspect of Serious Injury and Fatality (SIF) prevention. The PPSA Annual Safety and Health Conference keynote presentation will highlight this topic.

Healthy Registration Pace for Kraft Recovery Course!

Learn from a large panel of world-class industry experts in kraft operations

Does Your Salary Compensation Measure Up?

Complete survey, which is a benchmarking tool, and compare your compensation with others