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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Association News, Paper360º November 2008

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SPOTLIGHT: Kerry Figiel

February 1, 2011

As a Senior Staff Engineer with International Paper (IP), TAPPI member Kerry Figiel operates as a Corporate Champion for Quality Control Systems.

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SPOTLIGHT: Sarah (Muzzy) Dawkins

You’ve probably heard of Princess Leia, Princess Di and even the Princess Bride. But the “Pulp and Paper” princess?

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SPOTLIGHT: Jay Kaplan

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As the Manager for Learning and Organizational Development for Corrugated Packaging, RockTenn’s (now WestRock) Jay Kaplan knows a thing or two about how to maximize leadership opportunities in box plants and paper mills.


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SPOTLIGHT: Greg Bunker

March 1, 2016

A 20-plus year veteran with Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, Greg Bunker turned to TAPPI membership nearly 10 years ago. Why? His immediate answer is simple: networking.

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SPOTLIGHT: Paula Hajakian

June 1, 2016

Tapping into the many powerful resources TAPPI offers is really second nature to member Paula Hajakian.

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SPOTLIGHT: Gopal Goyal

February 1, 2013

TAPPI member Gopal Goyal has spent more than two decades researching, developing and implementing new pulp and paper technologies that have advanced industry science, including in the leading edge fields of nanotechnology and biorefinery.


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SPOTLIGHT: Scott Pantaleo

May 1, 2011

If there is one thing member Scott Pantaleo knows about the benefits of joining TAPPI, it’s the value of education and information exchange.

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SPOTLIGHT: Andrew (Andy) Jones, Ph.D.

Andrew "Andy" Jones, Ph.D. has been a TAPPI member since 1986 and during that time has used the technical information acquired and the contacts he's made to help augment a very successful career.

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SPOTLIGHT: Stephanie Boyce, Ph.D.

Dec 01, 2015

There is no product or industry like ours!
So declares Stephanie Petrina Boyce, Ph.D. research scientist for Georgia-Pacific (GP), TAPPI member only since 2013.

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SPOTLIGHT: Charles Bohanan

July 1, 2016

Spending 40 years with the same organization is pretty rare these days. In fact, it’s probably as inconceivable as applying for a job through a classified ad.

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Southeastern/KILNCON 2016 Meeting

KILNCON 2016” June 9-11, 2016 in Destin, FL, presented by Gulf Coast TAPPI and Southeastern TAPPI local sections

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Chicago TAPPI Scholarships

Chicago TAPPI $4,000 Scholarship for two deserving students

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SPOTLIGHT: Larry Anker

Olympic wrestling gold medalist Dan Gable once said, “Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.”


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SPOTLIGHT: Michele “Micki” Meggison

Michele “Micki” Meggison’s career has been as unique as how she earned her nickname nearly forty years ago.

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SPOTLIGHT: Marshelle Slayton

Surrounded by engineers growing up, Marshelle Slayton said she knew from the start that’s what she wanted for her career.

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SPOTLIGHT: Ying Xue

November 1, 2012

For more than 100 years, being part of the TAPPI community has meant members have the opportunity to easily connect with others from around the world. That international support is still going strong. Take Young Professional Ying Xue, for instance.