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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Overview of Ligtweight Containerboard in North America - The Next "Big Thing"?, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Overview of Ligtweight Containerboard in North America - The Next "Big Thing"?, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Screening of Wood Chips for the Pulping Process, 1998 Engineering Conference Proceedings

Screening of Wood Chips for the Pulping Process, 1998 Engineering Conference Proceedings

ACT/ACF Water Allocation Negotiations, 2000 Environmental Conference Proceedings

ACT/ACF Water Allocation Negotiations, 2000 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Survey of the Statistics of the German Pulp and Paper Association (VDP) and Other Statistics, 1998 Engineering Conference Proceedings

Survey of the Statistics of the German Pulp and Paper Association (VDP) and Other Statistics, 1998 Engineering Conference Proceedings

Mercury Issues in the Southeastern United States, 2000 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Mercury Issues in the Southeastern United States, 2000 Environmental Conference Proceedings

US Paper Industry: Current and Future Challenges, 1998 Engineering Conference Proceedings

US Paper Industry: Current and Future Challenges, 1998 Engineering Conference Proceedings

Beyond Environment - New Challenges for the Global Pulp & Paper Industry, 2002 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Beyond Environment - New Challenges for the Global Pulp & Paper Industry, 2002 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Outlook for Sustainable Fiber Supply Through Forest Management and Other Development in the U. S. Pulp and Paper Sector, 2001 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Outlook for Sustainable Fiber Supply Through Forest Management and Other Development in the U. S. Pulp and Paper Sector, 2001 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Achieving Best Capital Project Systems, 1998 Engineering Conference Proceedings

Achieving Best Capital Project Systems, 1998 Engineering Conference Proceedings

Motor Challenge Roundtable: OSHA Regulations, 1997 Engineering Conference Proceedings

Motor Challenge Roundtable: OSHA Regulations, 1997 Engineering Conference Proceedings

Environmental Management and Financial Returns to the Forest and Paper Sector, 2002 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Environmental Management and Financial Returns to the Forest and Paper Sector, 2002 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Paper Mill Sludge Dewatering Using Dredge-Filled Geotextile Tubes, 2001 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Paper Mill Sludge Dewatering Using Dredge-Filled Geotextile Tubes, 2001 Environmental Conference Proceedings

A Holistic Approach to Sustainable Packaging, PaperCon 2013

A Holistic Approach to Sustainable Packaging, PaperCon 2013

Advanced Cellulosic Biofuel Commercial Production - Today, 2014 International Bioenergy & Bioproducts Conference

Advanced Cellulosic Biofuel Commercial Production - Today, 2014 International Bioenergy & Bioproducts Conference

Technology and Processing Flexibility in Managing the Inbound Fiber Stream, PaperCon 2014

Technology and Processing Flexibility in Managing the Inbound Fiber Stream, PaperCon 2014

Growing' Low-Cost RFID Antennas, 2004 International Corrugated Packaging Conference

Growing' Low-Cost RFID Antennas, 2004 International Corrugated Packaging Conference

Why HP Loves Smart Packaging, 2004 International Corrugated Packaging Conference

Why HP Loves Smart Packaging, 2004 International Corrugated Packaging Conference

GHG BACT: Current Strategies and Recent Developments, 2014 PEERS Conference

GHG BACT: Current Strategies and Recent Developments, 2014 PEERS Conference

Conference papers
How Did We Get Here? A Century of Coating & Graphic Arts Progress, PaperCon 2015

How Did We Get Here? A Century of Coating & Graphic Arts Progress, PaperCon 2015

Applications and Progress in Genetic Engineering of Walnuts, 1997 Biological Sciences Symposium Proceedings

Applications and Progress in Genetic Engineering of Walnuts, 1997 Biological Sciences Symposium Proceedings