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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Reliability or Efficiency in Mechanical Dust Collector Operation, 1991 Engineering Conference Proceedings

Reliability or Efficiency in Mechanical Dust Collector Operation, 1991 Engineering Conference Proceedings

Industry Standards for Non-metallic Expansion Joints in Piping and Ductwork Systems, 1998 Engineering Conference Proceedings

Indusrty Standards for Non-metallic Expansion Joints in Piping and Ductwork Systems, 1998 Engineering Conference Proceedings

TAPPI Engineering Conference Value Creation Trends and Implications in the North American Pulp, Paper, and Forest Products Industry, 1998 Engineering Conference Proceedings

TAPPI Engineering Conference Value Creation Trends and Implications in the North American Pulp, Paper, and Forest Products Industry, 1998 Engineering Conference Proceedings

Advanced Documentation System Revolutionizes Maintenance and Training, PaperCon 2014

Advanced Documentation System Revolutionizes Maintenance and Training, PaperCon 2014

Overview of Testing Methods, PaperCon 2014

Overview of Testing Methods, PaperCon 2014

Modeling Suction Shoes in Twin Wire Blade Forming: Theory, 1998 Engineering Conference Proceedings

Modeling Suction Shoes in Twin Wire Blade Forming: Theory, 1998 Engineering Conference Proceedings

Corrosion of Weld Overlay in Batch Digesters, 1998 Engineering Conference Proceedings

Corrosion of Weld Overlay in Batch Digesters, 1998 Engineering Conference Proceedings

Some Effects of Fiber Processing Variations on Paper Quality, 2000 Pulping / Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Some Effects of Fiber Processing Variations on Paper Quality, 2000 Pulping / Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Drives for Papermakers, 2004 Paper Summit, Spring Technical & International Environmental Conference, (including Papermakers; Process Control, Electrical & Information; Product & Product Q

Drives for Papermakers, 2004 Paper Summit, Spring Technical & International Environmental Conference, (including Papermakers; Process Control, Electrical & Information; Product & Product Quality)

Upgrading Pre-Existing DAF Clarifiers, 2000 Pulping / Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Upgrading Pre-Existing DAF Clarifiers, 2000 Pulping / Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

PSD Permitting of Sawmill Expansion, 1999 Environmental Conference Proceedings

PSD Permitting of Sawmill Expansion, 1999 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Reduction of Greenhouse Gases by Fiber-Loaded Lightweight, High-Opacity Newsprint Production, 1999 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Reduction of Greenhouse Gases by Fiber-Loaded Lightweight, High-Opacity Newsprint Production, 1999 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Improved Methods for Packaging Copy Paper with Hot-Melts, 1993 Hot Melt Symposium Proceedings

Improved Methods for Packaging Copy Paper with Hot-Melts, 1993 Hot Melt Symposium Proceedings

NOx Chemistry in Recovery Boilers under Staging Conditions, 2004 International Chemical Recovery Conference

NOx Chemistry in Recovery Boilers under Staging Conditions, 2004 International Chemical Recovery Conference

Predicting Non-Woven Fabric Bending Behavior, 1993 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Predicting Non-Woven Fabric Bending Behavior, 1993 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Product Stewardship A Vision of the Year 2000, 1992 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Product Stewardship A Vision of the Year 2000, 1992 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Wire Mesh Belts In Relation To Mat Machines, 1995 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Wire Mesh Belts In Relation To Mat Machines, 1995 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Compressive Treatment Technology, 1993 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Compressive Treatment Technology, 1993 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Comparative Properties of OSB to Traditonal LPL Cores, 1996 Plastic Laminates Symposium Proceedings

Comparative Properties of OSB to Traditonal LPL Cores, 1996 Plastic Laminates Symposium Proceedings

Systematic Approach, 1999 Papermakers Conference Proceedings

Systematic Approach, 1999 Papermakers Conference Proceedings