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 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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PM1 •Who is Going to Do?, PaperCon 2016

PM1 •Who is Going to Do?, PaperCon 2016

Kraft Recovery Operations Course

One of TAPPI's highest rated, longest running events! You'll learn ways to improve pulp production efficiency, minimize operating costs and reduce environmental impact. This course is designed for pulp mill operations personnel.

Corona & Atmospheric Plasma 101

Gain an understanding of the fundamentals of corona and plasma treatment, and what treatment system adjustments can be made to improve surface treatment and adhesion outcomes. Combining formal classroom training and hands-on experience, attendees will learn how to apply the latest surface treatment technologies to improve adhesion and product performance.

Tissue 201: Operations and Runnability Course

This intermediate-to-advanced course will help students to improve tissue quality and consistency, understand contributors to waste and downtime, learn reliability and maintenance best practices and diagnose and troubleshoot problems quickly.

2018 International Flexible Packaging and Extrusion Division Conference

Join us in “Setting the Pace for Innovation in Flexible Packaging” at this year’s Conference filled with everything new, exciting, and different in the Flexible Packaging industry.

IDCON Work Management Planning & Scheduling

Learn proven methods from IDCON on how to improve preventive maintenance, stores, utilization of craftspeople, maintenance costs, schedules and much more!

IDCON Develop & Manage Preventive Maintenance(1)

IDCON’s training will give you the ability to understand how to develop and improve a Preventive Maintenance and Essential Care & Condition Monitoring (PM/ECCM) system cost effectively.

Time Management: Smart Techniques That Help to be More Efficient

This webinar is presented by Maja Mejsner, PMP – Paper Machinery Producer and brought to you by the Women in Industry Division 


NETInc 2018

Save the Date for NETInc 2018

2018 PaperCon

PaperCon 2018 will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.

72nd Forest Products Society International Convention

The FPS International Convention(IC) is the premier event for professionals in the forest products industry.  It brings together hundreds of scientists, design professionals, managers, decision makers, and others from academia, government, nonprofit, and industry sectors to discuss the state of forest products research and learn about innovations in the field.   In 2018 it will be co-held in conjunction with 2018 International Conference on Nanotechnology, with bonus content and networking opportunities for IC attendees.   


The FPS IC is a showcase for ideas for development and advancing the viability of wood-based products.  Topics will include wood based products for construction, energy, composites, as well current issues around harvesting, environment, education and marketing for the industry.   Students in wood science are encouraged to join us.   A call for papers and posters will be issued soon. 

Introduction to Pulp and Paper Technology Course

This training event is among the highest rated of all TAPPI courses! Offers introductory- and intermediate-level content covering technology, including “what” happens, and “why” things happen.  This course provides the foundation for learning advanced topics more quickly. Learn from one of the most well-known and enthusiastic instructors, Dr. Michael Kocurek.

Advanced Hands-On Paper Making: Additives - May-June 2018

Learn about the potential of additives in papermaking - where they are introduced in the process, potential interactions, and the relationship between additives and enhanced performance.

IDCON Root Cause Problem Elimination(1)

IDCON's two-day course teaches a structured approach to problem elimination. Unlike the commonly used Root Cause Analysis, the training focuses on the steps required to eliminate the failure/problem rather than just analyzing it.

Hands-On Papermaking Course - September 2018

Learn papermaking basics and operate the a Fourdrinier pilot paper machine guided by University of Wisconsin experts!

Coating and Lamination in Packaging Applications - July 2018

Learn coating and lamination fundamentals and apply your knowledge in operations and quality control.

Paper Machine Operations Course

This introductory course is designed to help you build confidence and knowledge of overall paper machine operations. Gain an understanding of the mechanical components and operations of the paper machine that affect the structure and quality of paper, learn to identify design and operation features, and discover methods to improve paper machine efficiency and product quality.

Advanced Bonding Course

This course will help students increase their understanding of the corrugated bonding process including factors and variables that impact bond performance, determining proper bonding settings, glue line analysis, combined board caliber and process centerlining as well as identifying the causes of warp and how to correct warp with coated liners.

2018 Corrugated Week

Corrugated Week is your gateway to industry trends, innovations, new products and services and so much more that is exciting and different in the corrugated packaging industry. This comprehensive event, which is co-produced by TAPPI and AICC, will assemble the largest gathering of decision makers in the corrugated industry in 2018, and is only held once every four years.

IDCON Materials and Spare Parts Management

Improving how you manage the spare parts and materials in your organization reduces maintenance costs, time, and parts inventory. IDCON's Materials and Spare Parts Management training provide strategies to assist you in developing effective processes.