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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Innovative Mixing of 6%-14% Consistency Stock Vessels for Improved Quality and Energy Savings, PaperCon '09 Conference

Innovative Mixing of 6%-14% Consistency Stock Vessels for Improved Quality and Energy Savings, PaperCon '09 Conference

Blanket accumulation is a press productivity issue, PaperCon '09 Conference

Blanket accumulation is a press productivity issue, PaperCon '09 Conference

Identfication and Speciation of Microorganisms in Pulp and Paper Systems, PaperCon '09 Conference

Identfication and Speciation of Microorganisms in Pulp and Paper Systems, PaperCon '09 Conference

L&W Introduce a New Fast On-Line Pulp Quality Testing with Laboratory Precision for Reduced Variability, PaperCon '09 Conference

L&W Introduce a New Fast On-Line Pulp Quality Testing with Laboratory Precision for Reduced Variability, PaperCon '09 Conference

Filler Modification Engineering for Improved Paper Properties and Papermaking Process, PaperCon '09 Conference

Filler Modification Engineering for Improved Paper Properties and Papermaking Process, PaperCon '09 Conference

MD Variability 1 to 40 Hz, PaperCon '09 Conference

MD Variability 1 to 40 Hz, PaperCon '09 Conference

Alternative ASA Technology, PaperCon '09 Conference

Alternative ASA Technology, PaperCon '09 Conference

Coated Paper and Paperboard Overview, PaperCon 2010 Conference

Coated Paper and Paperboard Overview, PaperCon 2010 Conference

Effect of Initial Dewatering Layout of a Gap Former on Sheet Structure and Printability, PaperCon 2010 Conference

Effect of Initial Dewatering Layout of a Gap Former on Sheet Structure and Printability, PaperCon 2010 Conference

Engineered Forming Fabric Drainage channel - â??Is there a new forming fabric revolution comingâ??, PaperCon 2010 Conference

Engineered Forming Fabric Drainage channel - “Is there a new forming fabric revolution coming”?, PaperCon 2010 Conference

OpTi Blend Analysis with the HiRes Fiber Quality Analyzer, PaperCon 2010 Conference

OpTi Blend Analysis with the HiRes Fiber Quality Analyzer, PaperCon 2010 Conference

Improvement of Drainability of Poplar APMP Pulp by Enzymes Treatment, PaperCon 2010 Conference

Improvement of Drainability of Poplar APMP Pulp by Enzymes Treatment, PaperCon 2010 Conference

Sustainable Digital Print Solutions: Deinkable Inks, Papers, and Optimized Deinking Processes, PaperCon '09 Conference

Sustainable Digital Print Solutions: Deinkable Inks, Papers, and Optimized Deinking Processes, PaperCon '09 Conference

Influence of Application Method on Coating Structure, PaperCon '09 Conference

Influence of Application Method on Coating Structure, PaperCon '09 Conference

Upgrading Headbox Technology to Improve Quality and Increase Strength on Board Grades, PaperCon 2010 Conference

Upgrading Headbox Technology to Improve Quality and Increase Strength on Board Grades, PaperCon 2010 Conference

The Integrated Knowledge of Producing an ASME Certified Dryer Cylinder---A real case study, PaperCon 2010 Conference

The Integrated Knowledge of Producing an ASME Certified Dryer Cylinder---A real case study, PaperCon 2010 Conference

Using Thermal spray vs. Weld Overlay in Batch Digesters, PaperCon 2010 Conference

Using Thermal spray vs. Weld Overlay in Batch Digesters, PaperCon 2010 Conference

Evaluation of Multiport Cylindrical Dryer, PaperCon 2010 Conference

Evaluation of Multiport Cylindrical Dryer, PaperCon 2010 Conference

Introduction to Printing Technology, PaperCon 2010 Conference

Introduction to Printing Technology, PaperCon 2010 Conference

Paper - The End of the Road, or Dawn of a New Era, PaperCon 2010 Conference

Paper - The End of the Road, or Dawn of a New Era, PaperCon 2010 Conference