Be an SSIG Superhero

Are you thinking of getting involved in the creation of TAPPI Standards and/or Technical Information Papers (TIPs)? Now’s the perfect time. You can use your knowledge and technical information to help shape the industry’s future.

TAPPI Standard Test Methods are procedures and related practices used in the measurement, evaluation, and description of pulp, paper, packaging, and related products, including raw materials used in their manufacture, use, or in scientific investigations of any such substances.

TAPPI is an ANSI (American National Standards Institute) accredited standards developer and many of the Standards are submitted to ANSI for consideration to become American National Standards. 

There is a Standard-Specific Interest Group (SSIG) for each TAPPI Standard made up of interested industry professionals who regularly review and vote on that standard. Each interest group must reach consensus through a process that guarantees all opinions are considered and all objections addressed. 

All SSIGs require a minimum of 10 members in order to ballot and vote on a draft of a method. The SSIGs for the following Standards are in need of additional members. These groups may or may not have ballots currently open.

  • T 203 cm-09 Alpha-, beta- and gamma-cellulose in pulp (1 member needed)
  • T 207 cm-09  Water solubility of wood and pulp
  • T 249 cm-09 Carbohydrate composition of extractive-free wood and wood pulp by gas-liquid chromatography
  • T 604 cm-09 Sulfur dioxide in sulfite cooking liquor (3-4 SSIG members needed)
  • T 656 cm-07 Measuring, sampling, and analyzing white waters

TAPPI membership is not mandatory for individuals who wish to participate in a SSIG, but diverse interest categories are required so there is a lack of dominance by any single interest category, individual or organization.  Learn more about SSIGs.