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 October 7, 2020. The next meeting will be announced soon. 

Anyone may participate in the SARG meeting via conference call. The North America conference call-in information is listed below. Please contact [email protected] if you would like to request a call in number outside of this area 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 rececnt SARG meeting is listed below and contains the methods that have achieved the proper votes to be considered for approval.  Copies of the below Drafts in ballot are available upon request.  Please send a message to [email protected] if you have any comments or appeals prior to the SARG meeting.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm (Eastern time)


I.         Welcome and Introduction

II.        Statement of Antitrust Compliance

III.       Approval of Agenda

IV.       Approval of minutes from April 28, 2020

V.        Standards ready for final approval

(* = indicates Standards eligible for submission as American National Standards)

  1. *T 401 Fiber analysis of paper and paperboard (reaffirmation)

  2. *T 480 Specular gloss of paper and paperboard at 75 degrees (reaffirmation)

  3. *T 511 Folding Endurance of Paper (MIT Tester) (reaffirmation)

  4. *T 524 Color of paper and paperboard (45/0, C/2) (reaffirmation)

  5. *T 549 Coefficients of static and kinetic friction of uncoated writing and printing paper by use of the horizontal plane method (revision)

  6. *T 553 Alkalinity of paper as calcium carbonate (alkaline reserve of paper) (reaffirmation)

  7. *T 558 Surface wettability and absorbency of sheeted materials using an automated contact angle tester (reaffirmation)

  8. *T 567 Determination of effective residual ink concentration (ERIC) by infrared reflectance measurement (reaffirmation)

  9. *T 580 Thickness (caliper) of towel, tissue, napkin and facial products (revision and upgrade to Official Method)

  10. T 656 Measuring, sampling, and analyzing white waters (reaffirmation)

  11. T 803 Puncture test of container board (reaffirmation)

  12. *T836 Bending stiffness, four point method (revision)

VI.          Other business 

VII.         Next meeting

VIII.        Adjournment