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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Books
High Purity Pulps: Testing, Accessibility and Reactivity

High Purity Pulps: Testing, Accessibility and Reactivity

Books
Paper Machine Quality Control Systems Volume1 (book & ebook)

Paper Machine Quality Control Systems Volume1 (book & ebook)

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The Pulp & Paper Technology Advanced Workforce Training and Education Series

The Pulp & Paper Technology Advanced Workforce Training and Education Series

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Paper: An Engineered Stochastic Structure

Paper: An Engineered Stochastic Structure

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Coating Processes, The

Coating Processes, The

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The Pulp and Paper Technology Advanced Workforce Training and Education Series: Volume 2: Paper Manufacturing

The Pulp and Paper Technology Advanced Workforce Training and Education Series: Volume 2: Paper Manufacturing

Metered Size Press Coated Mechanical Papers-A Comparison of Different Concepts, 2000 Metered Size Press Forum

Metered Size Press Coated Mechanical Papers-A Comparison of Different Concepts, 2000 Metered Size Press Forum

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Starch and Starch Products in Surface Sizing and Paper Coating

Starch and Starch Products in Surface Sizing and Paper Coating

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Properties of Paper: An Introduction, Second Edition

Properties of Paper: An Introduction, Second Edition

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Binder Migration in Paper and Paperboard Coatings

Binder Migration in Paper and Paperboard Coatings

Technical information papers
T 1214 sp-12 Interrelation of reflectance, R0; reflectivity, R8; TAPPI opacity, C0.89; scattering, s; and absorption, k , Test Method T 1214 sp-17

Interrelation of reflectance, R0; reflectivity, R8; TAPPI opacity, C0.89; scattering, s; and absorption, k , Test Method T 1214 sp-17

Standards
The determination of instrumental color differences, Test Method TAPPI/ANSI T 1215 sp-12

The determination of instrumental color differences, Test Method TAPPI/ANSI T 1215 sp-12

Standards
Storage of paper samples for optical measurements and color matching, Test Method T 1219 sp-17

Storage of paper samples for optical measurements and color matching, Test Method T 1219 sp-17

Application of Metered-Coating Technology to the Production of Specialty Papers, 2000 Metered Size Press Forum

Application of Metered-Coating Technology to the Production of Specialty Papers, 2000 Metered Size Press Forum

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Corrugated Containers Manufacturing Process, The

Corrugated Containers Manufacturing Process, The

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Sizing of Paper, Second Edition

Sizing of Paper, Second Edition

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Handbook for Pulp and Paper Technologists, First Edition (Spanish)

Handbook for Pulp and Paper Technologists, First Edition (Spanish)

Books
How to Write What People Like to Read

How to Write What People Like to Read

Making Coated Ink Jet Paper on Metering Size Presses, 2000 Metered Size Press Forum

Making Coated Ink Jet Paper on Metering Size Presses, 2000 Metered Size Press Forum

Standards
Interlaboratory evaluation of test methods to determine TAPPI repeatability and reproducibility, Test Method TAPPI/ANSI T 1200 sp-14

Interlaboratory evaluation of test methods to determine TAPPI repeatability and reproducibility, Test Method TAPPI/ANSI T 1200 sp-14