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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Compressive Treatment Technology, 1993 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Compressive Treatment Technology, 1993 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Product Stewardship A Vision of the Year 2000, 1992 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Product Stewardship A Vision of the Year 2000, 1992 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Benefits of a Vendor/Customer Partnership in Improving White Water Chemistry, 1993 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Benefits of a Vendor/Customer Partnership in Improving White Water Chemistry, 1993 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Effect of Process Parameters on Glass Paper Properties, 1992 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Effect of Process Parameters on Glass Paper Properties, 1992 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Wire Mesh Belts In Relation To Mat Machines, 1995 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Wire Mesh Belts In Relation To Mat Machines, 1995 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Reduction of Greenhouse Gases by Fiber-Loaded Lightweight, High-Opacity Newsprint Production, 1999 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Reduction of Greenhouse Gases by Fiber-Loaded Lightweight, High-Opacity Newsprint Production, 1999 Environmental Conference Proceedings

Printing Industry and Production Processes, 1994 Finishing and Converting Conference Proceedings

Printing Industry and Production Processes, 1994 Finishing and Converting Conference Proceedings

Improved Methods for Packaging Copy Paper with Hot-Melts, 1993 Hot Melt Symposium Proceedings

Improved Methods for Packaging Copy Paper with Hot-Melts, 1993 Hot Melt Symposium Proceedings

Trace Element Distribution in and Around the Recovery Boiler, 2004 International Chemical Recovery Conference

Trace Element Distribution in and Around the Recovery Boiler, 2004 International Chemical Recovery Conference

NOx Chemistry in Recovery Boilers under Staging Conditions, 2004 International Chemical Recovery Conference

NOx Chemistry in Recovery Boilers under Staging Conditions, 2004 International Chemical Recovery Conference

Predicting Non-Woven Fabric Bending Behavior, 1993 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Predicting Non-Woven Fabric Bending Behavior, 1993 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Cross-Linked Fibers for Papermaking Applications, 1995 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Cross-Linked Fibers for Papermaking Applications, 1995 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Productivity Gains in Swab Manufacturing, 1998 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Productivity Gains in Swab Manufacturing, 1998 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Development of Wet Process Mimic Device, 1999 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

Development of Wet Process Mimic Device, 1999 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

OSB Manufacturing, 1996 Plastic Laminates Symposium Proceedings

OSB Manufacturing, 1996 Plastic Laminates Symposium Proceedings

Comparative Properties of OSB to Traditonal LPL Cores, 1996 Plastic Laminates Symposium Proceedings

Comparative Properties of OSB to Traditonal LPL Cores, 1996 Plastic Laminates Symposium Proceedings

Systematic Approach, 1999 Papermakers Conference Proceedings

Systematic Approach, 1999 Papermakers Conference Proceedings

Some Effects of Fiber Processing Variations on Paper Quality, 2000 Pulping / Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Some Effects of Fiber Processing Variations on Paper Quality, 2000 Pulping / Process & Product Quality Conference Proceedings

Improved Wet Bulk Storage of Bagasse for Newsprint Pulp Production - Part I, 1993 Pulping Conference Proceedings

Improved Wet Bulk Storage of Bagasse for Newsprint Pulp Production - Part I, 1993 Pulping Conference Proceedings

Developments in Handling Sugar Cane Bagasse for Newsprint Production, 1993 Pulping Conference Proceedings

Developments in Handling Sugar Cane Bagasse for Newsprint Production, 1993 Pulping Conference Proceedings