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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Bonding Lightweight Boards, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Bonding Lightweight Boards, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Energy Safe Procedures, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Energy Safe Procedures, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Improving Profitability With New Surface Coating and Laser Engraving Technologies, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Improving Profitability With New Surface Coating and Laser Engraving Technologies, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Bobst Polyjoiner, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Bobst Polyjoiner, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

The Precise System Chamber Blade, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

The Precise System Chamber Blade, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Hardy Instruments: Tension Control System, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Hardy Instruments: Tension Control System, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

BugBan TM 9000, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

BugBan TM 9000, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Curioni Corrosleeve: Fast Flexo Setup, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Curioni Corrosleeve: Fast Flexo Setup, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Speciality Coating for Wax Replacement Board Grades, 2003 Corrugated Containers Conference

Speciality Coating for Wax Replacement Board Grades, 2003 Corrugated Containers Conference

Books
Forest Resources and Sustainable Management

Forest Resources and Sustainable Management

Books
Finishing - Papermaking Part 3

Papermaking Part 3, Finishing

Books
Environmental Control

Environmental Management and Control

Books
Pulp and Paper Testing

Pulp and Paper Testing

Garbage: Who's Responsibility is it Anyway? What Can The Paper Industry Do To Assist the Supply Chain in Reducing Trash?, 2003 Corrugated Containers Conference

Garbage: Who's Responsibility is it Anyway? What Can The Paper Industry Do To Assist the Supply Chain in Reducing Trash?, 2003 Corrugated Containers Conference

Conference papers
Safety First - First in Safety: The AK Steel Story, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Safety First - First in Safety: The AK Steel Story, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

A Link Between Light-Weights and ECT Strength, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

A Link Between Light-Weights and ECT Strength, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Printing for Profits: Choosing the Right Printing System, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Printing for Profits: Choosing the Right Printing System, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Forklift Safety, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Forklift Safety, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Link M1 Splicer, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Link M1 Splicer, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Board Analysis - Caliper, Basis Weight, Cobb Test, Starch Evaluation, 2003 Corrugated Containers Conference

Board Analysis - Caliper, Basis Weight, Cobb Test, Starch Evaluation, 2003 Corrugated Containers Conference