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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How to Write What People Like to Read

How to Write What People Like to Read

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Secondary Fiber Recycling

Secondary Fiber Recycling

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Pulp and Paper Primer, Second Edition

Pulp and Paper Primer, Second Edition

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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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Pulp Bleaching: Principles and Practice

Pulp Bleaching: Principles and Practice

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Pigments for Paper

Pigments for Paper

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Paper: An Engineered Stochastic Structure

Paper: An Engineered Stochastic Structure

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The Pulp and Paper Technology Advanced Workforce Training and Education Series: Volume 2: Paper Manufacturing

The Pulp and Paper Technology Advanced Workforce Training and Education Series: Volume 2: Paper Manufacturing

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Recycling: A TAPPI PRESS Anthology of Published Papers, 1992-1997

Recycling: A TAPPI PRESS Anthology of Published Papers, 1992-1997

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Anthraquinone Pulping: A TAPPI PRESS Anthology of Published Papers

Anthraquinone Pulping: A TAPPI PRESS Anthology of Published Papers

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Corrugated Containers Manufacturing Process, The

Corrugated Containers Manufacturing Process, The

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Process Control Fundamentals for the Pulp and Paper Industry

Process Control Fundamentals for the Pulp and Paper Industry

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Advances in Lignocellulosics Characterization

Advances in Lignocellulosics Characterization

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High Purity Pulps: Testing, Accessibility and Reactivity

High Purity Pulps: Testing, Accessibility and Reactivity

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Retention of Fines and Fillers During Papermaking

Retention of Fines and Fillers During Papermaking

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Fundamentals of the Kraft Recovery Process

Fundamentals of the Kraft Recovery Process

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Chemical Recovery in the Alkaline Pulping Processes Revised Edition

Chemical Recovery in the Alkaline Pulping Processes Revised Edition

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Mechanical Pulps: From Wood To Bleached Pulp

Mechanical Pulps: From Wood To Bleached Pulp

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Functional Analysis of Lignins and Their Derivatives, The

Functional Analysis of Lignins and Their Derivatives, The

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Chemical Processing Aids in Papermaking: A Practical Guide

Chemical Processing Aids in Papermaking: A Practical Guide