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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Overview of Ligtweight Containerboard in North America - The Next "Big Thing"?, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Overview of Ligtweight Containerboard in North America - The Next "Big Thing"?, 2011 CorrExpo Exhibit

Regenerative Thermal Oxydation of Reduced Sulfur Emission from Kraft Pulping, 2001 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Regenerative Thermal Oxydation of Reduced Sulfur Emission from Kraft Pulping, 2001 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Value of Anaerobic Purification for Pulp and Paper Mill Effluents, 2002 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Value of Anaerobic Purification for Pulp and Paper Mill Effluents, 2002 Environmental Conference Proceedings

ACT/ACF Water Allocation Negotiations, 2000 Environmental Conference Proceedings

ACT/ACF Water Allocation Negotiations, 2000 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Effect of Bioenzyme on Deinking Mill Effluent Treatment by Dissolved Air Flotation, 2002 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Effect of Bioenzyme on Deinking Mill Effluent Treatment by Dissolved Air Flotation, 2002 Environmental Conference Proceedings

US Paper Industry: Current and Future Challenges, 1998 Engineering Conference Proceedings

US Paper Industry: Current and Future Challenges, 1998 Engineering Conference Proceedings

Benchmarking the Movement Toward Sustainability in Secondary Fiber Systems - PT 2: How Does Your Mill Compare to Similar Mills, 2001 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Benchmarking the Movement Toward Sustainability in Secondary Fiber Systems - PT 2: How Does Your Mill Compare to Similar Mills, 2001 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Achieving Best Capital Project Systems, 1998 Engineering Conference Proceedings

Achieving Best Capital Project Systems, 1998 Engineering Conference Proceedings

Recent Environmental Improvements at the Espanola Mill, 2002 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Recent Environmental Improvements at the Espanola Mill, 2002 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Monitoring the Movement Towards Sustainability Fiber Mills, 2000 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Monitoring the Movement Towards Sustainability Fiber Mills, 2000 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Upstream Particulate Removal for RTOs on Direct-Fired OSB Dryers - How Much is Enough?, 2001 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Upstream Particulate Removal for RTOs on Direct-Fired OSB Dryers - How Much is Enough?, 2001 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Lessons Learned During Startup of an Off-Gas Collection System for a NSSC Pulping Process, 2000 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Lessons Learned During Startup of an Off-Gas Collection System for a NSSC Pulping Process, 2000 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Role of Technology in Conservation and Sustainability, 2000 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Role of Technology in Conservation and Sustainability, 2000 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Effluent Treatment For Chronic Toxicity Removal With the Suspended Carrier Biofilm Reactor, 2000 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Effluent Treatment For Chronic Toxicity Removal With the Suspended Carrier Biofilm Reactor, 2000 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Talking About Toxics - Presenting the Risk Numbers, 1992 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Talking About Toxics - Presenting the Risk Numbers, 1992 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Years of Progress in Environmental Protection, 1990 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Years of Progress in Environmental Protection, 1990 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Panel Discussion: Developments on the Implementation of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, 1992 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Panel Discussion: Developments on the Implementation of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, 1992 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Disaster Drills a Vital Part of Emergency Preparedness, 1990 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Disaster Drills a Vital Part of Emergency Preparedness, 1990 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Analyzing Moisture Content by using Magnetic Resonance, 2013 PEERS Conference

Analyzing Moisture Content by using Magnetic Resonance, 2013 PEERS Conference

Elaboration of a new antibacterial bio-nano-material for food-packaging by synergistic action of cyclodextrin and microfibrillated cellulose, 2014 TAPPI International Conference on Naonotechnology for

Elaboration of a new antibacterial bio-nano-material for food-packaging by synergistic action of cyclodextrin and microfibrillated cellulose, 2014 TAPPI International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials