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 [email protected]. 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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Specific external surface of pulp, Test Method T 226 cm-11

Specific external surface of pulp, Test Method T 226 cm-11

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Storage of paper samples for optical measurements and color matching, Test Method T 1219 sp-17

Storage of paper samples for optical measurements and color matching, Test Method T 1219 sp-17

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The determination of instrumental color differences, Test Method TAPPI/ANSI T 1215 sp-12

The determination of instrumental color differences, Test Method TAPPI/ANSI T 1215 sp-12

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Viscosity of pulp (capillary viscometer method), Test Method TAPPI/ANSI T 230 om-19

Viscosity of pulp (capillary viscometer method), Test Method TAPPI/ANSI T 230 om-19

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Water solubility of wood and pulp, Test Method T 207 cm-08

Water solubility of wood and pulp, Test Method T 207 cm-08

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Water-soluble chlorides in pulp and paper, Test Method T 256 cm-07

Water-soluble chlorides in pulp and paper, Test Method T 256 cm-07

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Water-soluble sulfates in pulp and paper, Test Method T 255 cm-07

Water-soluble sulfates in pulp and paper, Test Method T 255 cm-07

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Zero-span breaking strength of pulp (dry zero-span tensile), Test Method T 231 cm-07

Zero-span breaking strength of pulp (dry zero-span tensile), Test Method T 231 cm-07

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Abrasion loss of paper and paperboard (Taber-type method), Test Method TAPPI/ANSI T 476 om-11

Abrasion loss of paper and paperboard (Taber-type method), Test Method TAPPI/ANSI T 476 om-11

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Acid-soluble iron in paper, Test Method T 434 cm-10

Acid-soluble iron in paper, Test Method T 434 cm-10