Standards Advisory Review Group

The Standards Advisory Review Group (SARG) is a group of TAPPI members appointed by the Quality and Standards Management Committee (Q&SMC) who are familiar with the TAPPI Standards process and are qualified to participate in the final review of Standards after they have been approved by the appropriate Standards-Specific Interest Group (SSIG).

The Standards Advisory Review Group (SARG) is responsible for determining that the Standards review and/or development process has been properly followed, and that all negatives and comments have been resolved as required by these regulations. The SARG is appointed to terms whose lengths are determined by the Q&SMC. The SARG shall have a minimum of three members, but may have as many as the Q&SMC deems appropriate.

SARG Meetings

The SARG is required to meet twice a year to act on Standards that are in the final stage of review. The last SARG meeting was held on online on May 18, 2021. The next meeting will be October 14, 2021.

Anyone may participate in the SARG meeting via Zoom or conference call.  Please contact [email protected] if you would like to be added to the ZOOM meeting, get a call in number, or if you have any questions.  Members who have particular concerns or who have issues about specific methods are especially encouraged to participate.

The agenda for the next SARG meeting is listed below and contains the methods that have achieved the proper votes to be considered for approval. Please click on the below Standards to download a copy of the draft. Send a message to [email protected] if you have any comments or appeals prior to the SARG meeting.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2021
1PM – 2PM (Eastern time)

I.     Welcome and Introduction

II.    Statement of Antitrust Compliance

III.   Approval of Agenda

IV.   Approval of minutes from May 18, 2021

V.    Standards ready for final approval

* = eligible to be submitted to ANSI as an American National Standard

*T 200 Laboratory beating of pulp (Valley beater method) Reaffirmed

*T 213 Dirt in pulp-chart method Reaffirmed

*T 220  Physical testing of pulp handsheets Reaffirmed

*T 222  Acid insoluble lignin in wood and pulp Revised

*T 227 Freeness of pulp (Canadian standard method) Reaffirmed

*T 248  Laboratory beating of pulp (PFI mill method) Reaffirmed

T 249 Carbohydrate composition of extractive-free wood and wood pulp by gas liquid chromatography Reaffirmed

*T 259 Species identification of nonwood plant fibers Revised

*T 277 Macro stickies content in pulp: the “pick-up” method Reaffirmed

*T 278 Pulp screening (Valley-type screening device) Reaffirmed

*T 411 Thickness (caliper) of paper, paperboard, and combined board Reaffirmed

T 423 Folding endurance of paper (Schopper-type tester) Reaffirmed

*T 425 Opacity of paper (15/d geometry, illuminant A/2 degrees, 89% reflectance backing and paper backing) Reaffirmed

*T 428 Hot water extractable acidity or alkalinity of paper Revision

*T 444 Silver tarnishing by paper and paperboard Revision

*T 448 Water vapor transmission rate of paper ad paperboard at 23 degrees C and 50% RH Reaffirmed

*T 459 Surface strength of paper (wax pick test) Revised

*T 460 Air resistance of paper (Gurley method) Revised

*T 465 Static creasing of paper for water vapor transmission tests Reaffirmed

*T 476 Abrasion loss of paper and paperboard (Taber-type method) Revised

T 500 Book bulk and bulking number of paper Reaffirmed

T 504 Glue in paper (qualitative & quantitative determination) Reaffirmed

*T 541 Internal bond strength of paperboard ( z-direction tensile) Reaffirmed 

*T 564 Transparent chart for the estimation of defect size Reaffirmed

*T 566 Bending resistance (stiffness) of paper (Taber-type tester in 0 to 10 Taber stiffness unit configuration) Revised

*T 572 Accelerated pollutant agng of printing and writing paper by pullotion chamber exposure apparatus Revised

*T 573 Accelerated temperature aging of printing and writing paper by dry oven exposure apparatus Revised

*T 577  Score bend test Reaffirmed

*T 650 Solids content of black liquor Reaffirmed

T 838 Edge crush test using neckdown Reaffirmed

*T 844 Determining construction (nominal basis weight) of corrugated board Reaffirmed

*T 1212 Light sources for evaluating papers including those containing fluorescent whitening agents Revised

WI 3036 High shear Capillary Viscosity (ACA Capillary Viscosity) of coating color on paper and paperboard New Item

VI.     Other business

VII.    Next meeting

VIII.   Adjournment