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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Useful methods
Pulp screening (Valley-type screening device), Test Method T 278 sp-09

Pulp screening (Valley-type screening device), Test Method T 278 sp-09

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Laboratory processing of pulp (plate refiner), Useful Method UM 221 (2010)

Laboratory processing of pulp (plate refiner), Useful Method UM 221 (2015)

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Dirt in pulp (measured by transmitted light), Useful Method UM 205 (2010)

Dirt in pulp (measured by transmitted light), Useful Method UM 205 (2015)

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Polystyrene in paper products, Useful Method UM 554 (2010)

Polystyrene in paper products, Useful Method UM 554 (2015)

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Water retention value (WRV), Useful Method UM 256 (2011)

Water retention value (WRV), Useful Method UM 256 (2015)

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Freeness of pulp (Williams tester), Useful Method UM 203 (2010)

Freeness of pulp (Williams tester), Useful Method UM 203 (2015)

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Amount of coating on mineral-coated paper, Useful Method UM 542 (2010)

Amount of coating on mineral-coated paper, Useful Method UM 542 (2015)

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Water repellency of paper and boards, Useful Method UM 579 (2010)

Water repellence of paper and boards, Useful Method UM 579 (2015)

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Water absorbency of nonbibulous paperboard, Useful Method UM 596 (2010)

Water absorbency of nonbibulous paperboard, Useful Method UM 596 (2015)

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Shive content of mechanical pulp (Somerville fractionator), Useful Method UM 242 (2010)

Shive content of mechanical pulp (Somerville fractionator), Useful Method UM 242 (2015)

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Color strength and shade of dye, Useful Method UM 658 (2010)

Color strength and shade of dye, Useful Method UM 658 (2015)

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Laboratory processing of pulp (ball or pebble-mill method), Useful Method UM 253 (2010)

Laboratory processing of pulp (ball or pebble-mill method), Useful Method UM 253 (2015)

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Laboratory processing of pulp (Kollergang method), Useful Method UM 258 (2010)

Laboratory processing of pulp (Kollergang method), Useful Method UM 258 (2015)

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Water vapor permeability of sheet materials at -18°C (0°F), Useful Method UM 573 (2010)

Water vapor permeability of sheet materials at -18°C (0°F), Useful Method UM 573 (2015)

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Brightness loss of bleached pulp, Useful Method UM 200 (2012)

Brightness loss of bleached pulp, Useful Method UM 200 (2012)

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Wetting shipping sack paper for testing, Useful Method UM 566 (2010)

Wetting shipping sack paper for testing, Useful Method UM 566 (2015)

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Shive content of mechanical pulp (laboratory flat screen), Useful Method UM 240 (2010)

Shive content of mechanical pulp (laboratory flat screen), Useful Method UM 240 (2015)

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Creasing (using steel rules) of paperboard for water vapor transmission (WVTR) testing, Useful Method UM 590 (2010)

Creasing (using steel rules) of paperboard for water vapor transmission (WVTR) testing, Useful Method UM 590 (2015)

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Green peel bond procedure at the corrugator, Useful Method UM 822 (2012)

Green peel bond procedure at the corrugator, Useful Method UM 822 (2012)

Useful methods
Determination of useful fiber in bagasse, Useful Method UM 3 (2010)

Determination of useful fiber in bagasse, Useful Method UM 3 (2015)