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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Keynote Address, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Keynote Address, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Forklift Safety, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Forklift Safety, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Printing for Profits: Choosing the Right Printing System, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Printing for Profits: Choosing the Right Printing System, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Link M1 Splicer, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Link M1 Splicer, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Safety in Canada, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Safety in Canada, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Garbage: Who's Responsibility is it Anyway? What Can The Paper Industry Do To Assist the Supply Chain in Reducing Trash?, 2003 Corrugated Containers Conference

Garbage: Who's Responsibility is it Anyway? What Can The Paper Industry Do To Assist the Supply Chain in Reducing Trash?, 2003 Corrugated Containers Conference

Conference papers
Safety First - First in Safety: The AK Steel Story, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Safety First - First in Safety: The AK Steel Story, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

A Link Between Light-Weights and ECT Strength, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

A Link Between Light-Weights and ECT Strength, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Sage Automation: High Speed Bundle Unitizer, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Sage Automation: High Speed Bundle Unitizer, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

CRS2020 - A Lean Manufacturing Solution, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

CRS2020 - A Lean Manufacturing Solution, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Improved Converting Productivity With T-Bone Vacuum Transfer, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Improved Converting Productivity With T-Bone Vacuum Transfer, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Improving Profitability With New Surface Coating and Laser Engraving Technologies, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Improving Profitability With New Surface Coating and Laser Engraving Technologies, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

LOTO Overview: Summary of LOTO Standards Around the World, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

LOTO Overview: Summary of LOTO Standards Around the World, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Laser Engraved Ceramic Anilox Roller Surface Options: How to Save on Maintenance Costs, 2003 Corrugated Container Conference

Laser Engraved Ceramic Anilox Roller Surface Options: How to Save on Maintenance Costs, 2003 Corrugated Container Conference

Mullen vs. ECT: A Testing Primer, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Mullen vs. ECT: A Testing Primer, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Corrugated Board Defect Workshop-Scoring, 2003 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Corrugated Board Defect Workshop-Scoring, 2003 Corrugated Packaging Conference

The Influence of Heat and Moisture Migration on Lightweight and Micro-Flute Board, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

The Influence of Heat and Moisture Migration on Lightweight and Micro-Flute Board, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

The Effect of Flexographic Printing on the Performance of Corrugated Containers, 2003 Corrugated Containers Conference

The Effect of Flexographic Printing on the Performance of Corrugated Containers, 2003 Corrugated Containers Conference

Running Lighter Weights, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Running Lighter Weights, 2005 Corrugated Packaging Conference

Board Analysis - Caliper, Basis Weight, Cobb Test, Starch Evaluation, 2003 Corrugated Containers Conference

Board Analysis - Caliper, Basis Weight, Cobb Test, Starch Evaluation, 2003 Corrugated Containers Conference