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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Journal articles
Coextruded HMW-HDPE Film Structures with Improved Bubble Stability, The PLACE, December 2006

Coextruded HMW-HDPE Film Structures with Improved Bubble Stability, The PLACE, December 2006

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Enhanced Economics of 100% Solids Adhesives, The PLACE, December 2006

Enhanced Economics of 100% Solids Adhesives, The PLACE, December 2006

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New High Barrier Lidding Materials: Optimization Studies to Understand Seal Peel Characteristics to Different Consumer Cup Substrates

New High Barrier Lidding Materials: Optimization Studies to Understand Seal Peel Characteristics to Different Consumer Cup Substrates

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Clarifiers for Polypropylene Film, The PLACE, December 2006

Clarifiers for Polypropylene Film, The PLACE, December 2006

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Don't Let Profits Go Up in Smoke: Modern Air Pollution Control Systems Reduce Energy Costs and Destroy Higher Levels of Air Pollutants

Don't Let Profits Go Up in Smoke: Modern Air Pollution Control Systems Reduce Energy Costs and Destroy Higher Levels of Air Pollutants

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Study on ultraviolet cured hot melt pressure sensitive adhesives for windshield stickers, "the PLACE", December 2001

Study on ultraviolet cured hot melt pressure sensitive adhesives for windshield stickers, "the PLACE", December 2001

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Polylactide, a new thermoplastic for extrusion coating, "the PLACE", June 2001

Polylactide, a new thermoplastic for extrusion coating, "the PLACE", June 2001

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Fundamentals of roll coating for hot melt applications, "the PLACE", August 2001

Fundamentals of roll coating for hot melt applications, "the PLACE", August 2001

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Flexible packaging - an overview, "the PLACE", July 2002 (189KB)

Flexible packaging - an overview, "the PLACE", July 2002 (189KB)

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Hot melt adhesives comprising crystalline and amorphous polymers, "the PLACE", December 2001

Hot melt adhesives comprising crystalline and amorphous polymers, "the PLACE", December 2001

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Metallocene copolymers for extrusion coating applications designed specifically for exceptional ultimate hot tack and high temperature hot tack strength, "the PLACE" March 2001

Metallocene copolymers for extrusion coating applications designed specifically for exceptional ultimate hot tack and high temperature hot tack strength, "the PLACE" March 2001

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Effect of extrusion coating parameters on polyester adhesion - a line study - (209KB), "the PLACE"; February 2002

Effect of extrusion coating parameters on polyester adhesion - a line study - (209KB), "the PLACE" February 2002

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Extrusion coating technology for the imaging industry, "the PLACE", April 2001

Extrusion coating technology for the imaging industry, "the PLACE", April 2001

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Makroplan method â?? a powerful tool for surface evaluation, "the PLACE", December 2002

Makroplan method – a powerful tool for surface evaluation, "the PLACE", December 2002

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Contact mechanics and the science of pressure sensitive adhesion, "the PLACE", September 2002 (224KB)

Contact mechanics and the science of pressure sensitive adhesion, "the PLACE", September 2002 (224KB)

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The high initial strength with long open time reactive hot melt adhesive, "the PLACE", September 2001

The high initial strength with long open time reactive hot melt adhesive, "the PLACE", September 2001

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UV protection of hot melt adhesives used in packaging applications, "the PLACE", November 2000

UV protection of hot melt adhesives used in packaging applications, "the PLACE", November 2000

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Pellet transfer - preventative measures employed to reduce streamer formation, "the PLACE", May 2001

Pellet transfer - preventative measures employed to reduce streamer formation, "the PLACE", May 2001

Journal articles
On-line gauging as a process troubleshooting tool, "the PLACE", July 2001

On-line gauging as a process troubleshooting tool, "the PLACE", July 2001

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Thermal lamination of ink jet matte papers (236KB), "the PLACE" May 2002

Thermal lamination of ink jet matte papers (236KB), "the PLACE" May 2002