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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LED Lighting, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

LED Lighting, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Save Tons, Add RSM-1000, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Save Tons, Add RSM-1000, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Bundle Rejection in an FFG - the last touch, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Bundle Rejection in an FFG - the last touch, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

A Vision for Corrugated, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

A Vision for Corrugated, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Consolidate Waste Reporting, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Consolidate Waste Reporting, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

ServoGrafix - the true servo open and closing Rotary Die Cutter, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

ServoGrafix - the true servo open and closing Rotary Die Cutter, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Transformation Towards Excellence, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Transformation Towards Excellence, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Engico - Low Power Consumption, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Engico - Low Power Consumption, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Using Productivity Awareness Tools and Process to Improve Productivity and Quality While Reducing Waste, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Using Productivity Awareness Tools and Process to Improve Productivity and Quality While Reducing Waste, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Fosber Express 300 Doublefacer, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Fosber Express 300 Doublefacer, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Corrugated Success Strategies: Suppliers and End Users, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Corrugated Success Strategies: Suppliers and End Users, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Global Coating Technology for Corrugated Packaging, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Global Coating Technology for Corrugated Packaging, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Reducing Fluting in Corrugated with Digital Plate Technology, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Reducing Fluting in Corrugated with Digital Plate Technology, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Anilox Cell Geometry and How it Affects Ink Release, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Anilox Cell Geometry and How it Affects Ink Release, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Recognizing When to Replace Your Cutting Dies, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Recognizing When to Replace Your Cutting Dies, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Warp Control System WCS, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Warp Control System WCS, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Ink Economics, Press Efficiency and The Real Cost Per Pound of Ink, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Ink Economics, Press Efficiency and The Real Cost Per Pound of Ink, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Five Stars Rotary Die Cutter, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Five Stars Rotary Die Cutter, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

CorrStream - High Speed Single Pass Digital Printing, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

CorrStream - High Speed Single Pass Digital Printing, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Overview of Ligtweight Containerboard in North America - The Next "Big Thing"?, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Overview of Ligtweight Containerboard in North America - The Next "Big Thing"?, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

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