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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Over the Wire: AROUND the industry 14SEPPA10

Over the Wire, Paper360º September/October 2014

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RISI's Top 50 Power List, Paper360º July/August 2016

RISI's Top 50 Power List, Paper360º July/August 2016

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Climate Change and its Possible Effects on the US Paper Indu

Climate Change and its Possible Effects on the US Paper Industry, Paper360º July/August 2016

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WestRock Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire KapStone for $35 per Share

Transaction enhances WestRock’s position as a leading provider of innovative and winning solutions to customers in attractive corrugated packaging market. 
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Purdue Researchers Find New Use for Cellulose

The production process preserves the strength and biodegradability of cellulose while rendering it transparent and flexible. Cellulose infused with zinc chloride has calcium ions added to cause the cellulose chains to become tiny fibers known as nanofibrils, greatly increasing the material’s tensile strength.

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Over the Wire: AROUND the industry

Over the Wire, Paper360º September/October 2014

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National Museum of Industrial History Restoring Rare Fourdrinier Machine

Eighteen-foot-long, 84-year-old model (built in 1933) is mechanically sound, but will require several months of cleaning, troubleshooting, and minor repairs, plus connections to utilities and a supply of pulp.  

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In Defense of Flushable Wipes (4/19/2018)

Study after study of what exactly is in the accumulations of material on screens in wastewater collection systems reveals a consistent result. Nearly half of the debris are paper towels, followed in volume by baby wipes, other non-flushable wipes, and feminine hygiene products. 

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Södra’s SunPine to Invest SEK 250 Million in New Bio-Diesel Plant (4/18/2018)

SunPine is a world leader in the production of second-generation renewable fuels. The raw material is a by-product from pulp and paper manufacturing.

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Paper Industry International Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Induction Class (5/30/2016)

The Paper Industry International Hall of Fame’s membership roster will expand to 135 on Oct. 6, 2016, with the induction of six more paper industry notables who have been chosen as the 22nd induction class.

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USW Calls on Wisconsin Senate to Vote on Kimberly-Clark Plan (4/17/2018)

Local USW union is calling on the Wisconsin (USA) state senate to hold an immediate vote on a legislative subsidy package designed to keep two Wisconsin Kimberly-Clark, manufacturing plants in operation.

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Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper to Upgrade Recausticizing Plant (5/23/2016)

Valmet, Finland, will deliver a recausticizing upgrade to the Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper mill in Novodvinsk, Russia.

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Fifteen Schools, 2,200-Plus Students Join BPM Paper Mill’s Earth Day Cleanup (5/02/2016)

Students from 15 local schools recently joined together with the BPM specialty papers mill in Peshtigo, Wis., USA, to recognize Earth Day by picking up trash, litter, and garbage to help make area communities cleaner.

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Graphic Packaging Pacific Rim President Sugiyama to Retire (4/05/2018)

Kaeko Gondo has been appointed president, replacing Takashi Sugiyama April 1, 2018.

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AF&PA Supports New York Bag Preemption Bill (5/24/2016)

A&PA (Washington, D.C., USA) President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following the statement after this week’s hearing in the New York Senate Cities Committee on S.7336, which would prohibit localities from imposing any fee, tax, or charge on carry-out bags.

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Autajon Group Acquires Thoro Packaging (4/04/2018)

France-based Autajon has acquired Thoro Packaging, a California-based producer of custom folding carton packaging.

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Preferred Packaging and Crating of Phoenix Joins LDI Family (4/13/2018)

Purchase expands Liberty Diversified International’s North American packaging holdings.

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U.S Packaging Paper Shipments Decline in March (4/18/2018)

March 2018 shipments were down 6.6% compared with March 2017, and down 6.5% year-to-date.

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BioLogiQ Launches BioPolymers That Enhance Packaging, Product Sustainability (4/03/2018)

Specific Grades Targeted at Reduction, Recycling, Composting/Biodegradation.

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Vargas Joins Allen Press as Account Manager (4/10/2018)

Art Vargas brings expertise in direct mail, premedia, digital and offset printing, customer service, and account management.