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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Metering Size Press Drying and Web Handling Systems, 2000 Metered Size Press Forum

Metering Size Press Drying and Web Handling Systems, 2000 Metered Size Press Forum

Useful methods
Freeness of pulp (Williams tester), Useful Method UM 203 (2010)

Freeness of pulp (Williams tester), Useful Method UM 203 (2015)

Standards
Flat crush test of corrugated board (rigid support method), Test Method TAPPI/ANSI T 825 om-14

Flat crush test of corrugated board (rigid support method), Test Method TAPPI/ANSI T 825 om-14

Standards
Analysis of Sulfuric Acid, Test Method T 602 cm-06

Analysis of Sulfuric Acid, Test Method T 602 cm-06

Standards
Score bend test, Test Method T 577 om-13

Score bend test, Test Method T 577 om-13

Standards
Ink rub test of container board and corrugated board, Test Method T 830 om-18

Ink rub test of container board and corrugated board, Test Method T 830 om-18

Useful methods
Polystyrene in paper products, Useful Method UM 554 (2010)

Polystyrene in paper products, Useful Method UM 554 (2015)

Technical information papers
Physical Data of Hydrous Clay-Water Suspensions, Technical Information Paper TIP 0106-02 (2005)

Physical Data of Hydrous Clay-Water Suspensions, Technical Information Paper TIP 0106-02 (2005)

Useful methods
Color strength and shade of dye, Useful Method UM 658 (2010)

Color strength and shade of dye, Useful Method UM 658 (2015)

Standards
Analysis of rosin size, Test Method T 628 cm-10

Analysis of rosin size, Test Method T 628 cm-10

Standards
Ash in wood, pulp, paper and paperboard: combustion at 900°C, Test Method T 413 om-17

Ash in wood, pulp, paper and paperboard: combustion at 900°C, Test Method T 413 om-17

Useful methods
Determination of useful fiber in bagasse, Useful Method UM 3 (2010)

Determination of useful fiber in bagasse, Useful Method UM 3 (2015)

Useful methods
Water absorbency of nonbibulous paperboard, Useful Method UM 596 (2010)

Water absorbency of nonbibulous paperboard, Useful Method UM 596 (2015)

Technical information papers
An Alternative Method for Designating Flute Sizes, Technical Information Paper TIP 0302-04 (2001)

An Alternative Method for Designating Flute Sizes, Technical Information Paper TIP 0302-04 (2001)

Standards
Bursting strength of linerboard, Test Method TAPPI/ANSI T 807 om-11

Bursting strength of linerboard, Test Method TAPPI/ANSI T 807 om-11

Standards
Analysis of lime, Test Method T 617 cm-10

Analysis of lime, Test Method T 617 cm-10

Standards
Edgewise compressive strength of corrugated fiberboard (short column test), Test Method T 811 om-17

Edgewise compressive strength of corrugated fiberboard (short column test), Test Method T 811 om-17

Standards
Analysis of soda and sulfate black liquor, Test Method T 625 cm-14

Analysis of soda and sulfate black liquor, Test Method T 625 cm-14

Useful methods
Dirt in pulp (measured by transmitted light), Useful Method UM 205 (2010)

Dirt in pulp (measured by transmitted light), Useful Method UM 205 (2015)