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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Josh Reich spotlight

November 1, 2016

“This was not the career path I originally thought I’d be on,” says TAPPI member Josh Reich. “But I’m glad I am now.”

Spotlight: Danny Haynes

October 1, 2016

For more than 100 years, TAPPI membership has included the best and brightest in the pulp, paper, packaging and converting industry.

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Mac Papers Names Russell GM in Greenville (9/01/2016)

This past week, Mac Papers (Jacksonville, Fla., USA) named John Mark Russell the new GM for its Greenville, S.C., branch. Russell has relocated from Charlotte, N.C., where he most recently served as a Mac Papers account manager.

NPTA Board Appoints White New Executive Vice President (6/05/2017)

Bryan White has more than 10 years of experience in the areas of association management, marketing, programs and services, membership, education, and strategic planning to achieve organizational goals and initiatives. 

VTT Expands Bio and Circular Economy Pilot Center (6/09/2017)

Pilot center will develop into a new kind of an ecosystem, welcoming companies and research organizations to develop their ideas towards industrial-scale production.

Munksjö to Rebuild Specialty Paper Machine at Arches Mill in France (9/09/2016)

Munksjö’s (Finland) Arches facility in France is producing specialty papers for several product applications. To secure the leading position within abrasive backings and due to increased customer demand, a paper machine at the production facility will be rebuilt.

U.S. Boxboard Output Mixed in February (3/21/2016)

Total U.S. boxboard production in February 2016 increased 3.3% compared with February 2015 and decreased 6.1% from last month (January 2016), according to the AF&PA (Washington, D.C. USA) February 2016 U.S. Paperboard Report released this past week.

Nanocellulose Water Filters Found to be Highly Effective (3/24/2016)

According to a recent report published on (U.K.), filters of nano-cellulose have been tested in two Spanish factories and a Spanish water company, and are found to be highly effective.

Pöyry, Betulium Sign Bio-Based Business Cooperation Agreement (6/23/2017)

Agreement will unlock full value chain benefits for clients in bio-based businesses, especially in the field of nanocellulose for composites, plastics, and similar materials as well as for wood-based nanocellulose and material testing in both the forest and chemical industries.

Bioplastic Packaging Market Size Worth $34.24 Billion By 2024 (6/14/2017)

Europe was the largest market accounting for 32.7% of the volume share in 2016. North America and Asia Pacific followed suit, where the regions together are expected to contribute $3.26 billion by 2024.

Frost & Sullivan Names DuPont Industrial Biosciences European Company of Year (6/20/2017)

Award recognizes DuPont's success in offering the industry's most innovative bio-based materials, design, and management. 

Mondi Corrugated Packaging Can Have a Second Use (6/29/2017) corrugated packaging

Packaging provides the end customer, after serving its original purpose, with an entertaining or useful further use, creating an emotional buying experience. 

Ten Toscotec Tissue Machines Now Running at Vinda’s Sanjiang Mill in China (9/06/2016)

Vinda Paper (China) Co., at its Sanjiang mill, Jiangmen, has started up two new Toscotec (Lucca, Italy) machines, TM 9 and TM 10. Both machines are AHEAD-2.0M, with a design speed of 1,800 m/min. TM 10 is the 21st machine supplied by Toscotec to Vinda.

College Receives $200K Grant to Create Program Combating Counterfeit Packaging (3/30/2016)

According to a report this week by Printing Impressions, Philadelphia, Penn., USA, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), Charlotte, N.C., has secured a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a new certificate program focused on anti-counterfeit printing and paper packaging technology.