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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Alpha-cellulose in paper, Test Method T 429 cm-10

Alpha-cellulose in paper, Test Method T 429 cm-10

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Ash in wood, pulp, paper and paperboard: combustion at 900°C, Test Method T 413 om-17

Ash in wood, pulp, paper and paperboard: combustion at 900°C, Test Method T 413 om-17

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Bending number of paperboard, Test Method T 495 cm-13

Bending number of paperboard, Test Method T 495 cm-13

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Book bulk and bulking number of paper, Test Method T 500 cm-07

Book bulk and bulking number of paper, Test Method T 500 cm-07

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Brightness of pulp, paper, and paperboard (directional reflectance at 457 nm), Test Method T 452 om-18

Brightness of pulp, paper, and paperboard (directional reflectance at 457 nm), Test Method T 452 om-18

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Bursting strength of paper, Test Method T 403 om-15

Bursting strength of paper, Test Method T 403 om-15

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Castor-oil penetration test for paper, Test Method T 462 cm-16

Castor-oil penetration test for paper, Test Method T 462 cm-16

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Copper number of pulp, paper, and paperboard , Test Method T 430 cm-09

Copper number of pulp, paper, and paperboard , Test Method T 430 cm-09

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Curl of gummed flat paper, Test Method T 520 cm-07

Curl of gummed flat paper, Test Method T 520 cm-07

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Diffuse opacity of paper (d/0 paper backing), Test Method T 519 om-17

Diffuse opacity of paper (d/0 paper backing), Test Method T 519 om-17