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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Corrugating Defect / Remedy Manual, Sixth Edition

Corrugating Defect / Remedy Manual, Sixth Edition

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Guidelines for the Buying and Selling of Used Corrugated Machinery

Guidelines for the Buying and Selling of Used Corrugated Machinery

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Binder Migration in Paper and Paperboard Coatings

Binder Migration in Paper and Paperboard Coatings

Corrugating Defect/Remedy CD-ROM, Sixth Edition

Corrugating Defect/Remedy CD-ROM, Sixth Edition

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Paper Coating Viscoelasticity and its Significance in Blade Coating

Paper Coating Viscoelasticity and its Significance in Blade Coating

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Flexographic Terms: A Glossary of Terms Used in Flexographic Printing on Corrugated Board

Flexographic Terms: A Glossary of Terms Used in Flexographic Printing on Corrugated Board

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Mechanics of Web Handling, The

Mechanics of Web Handling, The

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Corrugated Crossroads: A Reference Guide for the Corrugated Containers Industry

Corrugated Crossroads: A Reference Guide for the Corrugated Containers Industry

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Productivity Improvements in Rotary Die Cut Stackers

Productivity Improvements in Rotary Die Cut Stackers

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Corrugated Adhesives Preparation, Fifth Edition

Corrugated Adhesives Preparation, Fifth Edition

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More Than a Box: Box Plant 101 - Video

More Than a Box: Box Plant 101 - Video

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Paper: An Engineered Stochastic Structure

Paper: An Engineered Stochastic Structure

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Corrugated Containers Manufacturing Process, The

Corrugated Containers Manufacturing Process, The

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Pigments for Paper

Pigments for Paper

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Critical Thinking in Converting

Critical Thinking in Converting

Maintenance and Calibration Manuals for Rotary Diecutters and Flexo Folder-Gluers

Maintenance and Calibration Manuals for Rotary Diecutters and Flexo Folder-Gluers

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Industrial Environmental Control Pulp and Paper Industry, Second Edition, (Spanish)

Industrial Environmental Control Pulp and Paper Industry, Second Edition, (Spanish)

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Technical Needs, The: Nonwovens for Medical/Surgical and Consumer Uses

Technical Needs, The: Nonwovens for Medical/Surgical and Consumer Uses

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Printing Fundamentals

Printing Fundamentals

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Starch and Starch Products for Wet End Application

Starch and Starch Products for Wet End Application

Paper Technology Foundation at Western Michigan University