Standards Advisory Review Group

The Standards Advisory Review Group (SARG) is a group of TAPPI members appointed by the Quality and Standards Management Committee (Q&SMC) who are familiar with the TAPPI Standards process and are qualified to participate in the final review of Standards after they have been approved by the appropriate Standards-Specific Interest Group (SSIG).

The Standards Advisory Review Group (SARG) is responsible for determining that the Standards review and/or development process has been properly followed, and that all negatives and comments have been resolved as required by these regulations. The SARG is appointed to terms whose lengths are determined by the Q&SMC. The SARG shall have a minimum of three members, but may have as many as the Q&SMC deems appropriate.


SARG Meetings

The SARG is required to meet twice a year to act on Standards that are in the final stage of review. The last SARG meeting was held on October 4, 2017. The next meeting is scheduled for the week of April 15, 2018 in Charlotte, NC. For conference call-in information, contact standards@tappi.org before April 10, 2018. 

The SARG meeting is open to anyone for participation; members who have particular concerns or who have issues about particular methods are especially encouraged to participate. Anyone wishing to participate in the SARG meeting may attend in person or may access the meeting via conference call. If you wish to participate, please send a message to standards@tappi.org before April 10, 2018.


The Standards listed below have achieved the proper votes to be considered for approval at the next SARG meeting. If you want to request a copy of draft in ballot, or if you have any comments or appeals to make prior to the SARG meeting, please send a message to standards@tappi.org.


Standards ready for final approval

(* indicates standards eligible for submission as American National Standards)  

  1. T 830 om-11 “Ink rub test of containerboard and corrugated board”
  2. T 452 om-08 "Brightness of pulp, paper, and paperboard (directional reflectance at 457 nm)"