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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Repulpability of splices/splicing tape, Useful Method UM 213 (2012)

Repulpability of splices/splicing tape, Useful Method UM 213 (2012)

Technical information papers
Energy checklist: pulp mill, Technical Information Paper TIP 0416-24 (2015)

Energy checklist: pulp mill, Technical Information Paper TIP 0416-24 (2015)

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Forest Resources and Sustainable Management

Forest Resources and Sustainable Management

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Printing

Print Media: Principles, Processes and Quality

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Finishing - Papermaking Part 3

Papermaking Part 3, Finishing

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Mechanical Pulping

Mechanical Pulping

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Environmental Control

Environmental Management and Control

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Handbook of Pulp & Paper Terminology: A Guide to Industrial and Technological Usage, Second Edition

Handbook of Pulp & Paper Terminology: A Guide to Industrial and Technological Usage, Second Edition

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Forest Products Chemistry

Forest Products Chemistry

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Drying - Papermaking Part 2

Papermaking Part 2, Drying

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Pulp and Paper Testing

Pulp and Paper Testing

Sage Automation: High Speed Bundle Unitizer, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Sage Automation: High Speed Bundle Unitizer, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

LOTO Overview: Summary of LOTO Standards Around the World, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

LOTO Overview: Summary of LOTO Standards Around the World, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Money Down The Drain-Ink Metering Systems & Savings, 2003 Corrugated Container Conference

Money Down The Drain-Ink Metering Systems & Savings, 2003 Corrugated Container Conference

Keynote Address, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Keynote Address, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

A Solution for Stickies Control for Paperboard Mills Using Recycled Fiber, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

A Solution for Stickies Control for Paperboard Mills Using Recycled Fiber, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Link M1 Splicer, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Link M1 Splicer, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Energy Safe Procedures, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Energy Safe Procedures, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Curioni Corrosleeve: Fast Flexo Setup, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Curioni Corrosleeve: Fast Flexo Setup, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Mullen vs. ECT: A Testing Primer, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Mullen vs. ECT: A Testing Primer, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference