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
The Pulp and Paper Technology Advanced Workforce Training and Education Series: Volume 1: Pulp Manufacturing

The Pulp and Paper Technology Advanced Workforce Training and Education Series: Volume 1: Pulp Manufacturing

Books
Introduction to Nonwovens

Introduction to Nonwovens

Books
Troubleshooting the Papermaking Process

Troubleshooting the Papermaking Process

Books
Mechanics Trilogy

Mechanics Trilogy

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Concrete Handbook: Practical Guide for Protecting and Improving the Durability of Concrete in Pulp and Paper Mills

Concrete Handbook: Practical Guide for Protecting and Improving the Durability of Concrete in Pulp and Paper Mills

Books
Wet- and Dry-strength Additives--Application, Retention, and Performance

Wet- and Dry-strength Additives--Application, Retention, and Performance

Standards
Hot water extractable acidity or alkalinity of paper, Test Method TAPPI/ANSI T 428 om-13

Hot water extractable acidity or alkalinity of paper, Test Method TAPPI/ANSI T 428 om-13

Standards
Macro stickies content in pulp: the â??pick-upâ? method, Test Method TAPPI/ANSI T 277 sp-14

Macro stickies content in pulp: the “pick-up” method, Test Method TAPPI/ANSI T 277 sp-14

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Machine direction of paper and paperboard, Test Method T 409 sp-09

Machine direction of paper and paperboard, TAPPI/ANSI Test Method T 409 sp-15

Standards
Alpha-, beta- and gamma-cellulose in pulp, Test Method T 203 cm-09

Alpha-, beta- and gamma-cellulose in pulp, Test Method T 203 cm-09

Standards
Equilibrium relative humidity of paper and paperboard, Test Method T 502 cm-07

Equilibrium relative humidity of paper and paperboard, Test Method T 502 cm-07

Standards
Identification and determination of melamine resin in paper, Test Method T 493 cm-10

Identification and determination of melamine resin in paper, Test Method T 493 cm-10

Standards
Forming handsheets for physical tests of pulp, Test Method T 205 sp-12

Forming handsheets for physical tests of pulp, Test Method T 205 sp-12

Standards
Dynamic Measurement of Water Vapor Transfer Through Sheet Materials, Test Method T 523 om-06 (WITHDRAWN 2012)

Dynamic Measurement of Water Vapor Transfer Through Sheet Materials, Test Method T 523 om-06 (WITHDRAWN 2012)

Standards
Screening of pulp (Somerville-type equipment), Test Method T 275 sp-12

Screening of pulp (Somerville-type equipment), Test Method T 275 sp-12

Standards
Natural dirt in wood chips, Test Method T 265 cm-09

Natural dirt in wood chips, Test Method T 265 cm-09

Standards
Zinc and Cadmium in Paper, Test Method T 438 cm-06

Zinc and Cadmium in Paper, Test Method T 438 cm-06

Standards
Turpentine test for voids in glassine and greaseproof papers, Test Method TAPPI/ANSI T 454 om-10

Turpentine test for voids in glassine and greaseproof papers, TAPPI/ANSI Test Method T 454 om-15

Standards
Bending resistance of paper and paperboard by single-point bending method, Test Method T 556 om-11

Bending resistance of paper and paperboard by single-point bending method, Test Method T 556 om-11

Standards
Aging of paper and board with moist heat, Test Method T 544 cm-08

Aging of paper and board with moist heat, Test Method T 544 cm-08