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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Technical information papers
Recycling: A TAPPI PRESS Anthology of Published Papers, 1992-1997

Recycling: A TAPPI PRESS Anthology of Published Papers, 1992-1997

Conference papers
Recycled Paper Technology: An Anthology of Published Papers

Recycled Paper Technology: An Anthology of Published Papers

Nanotechnology: A US Forest Service Perspective, 2008 PAPERCON Conference

Nanotechnology: A US Forest Service Perspective, 2008 PAPERCON Conference

Paper, the Fifth Color, 2008 PAPERCON Conference

Paper, the Fifth Color, 2008 PAPERCON Conference

Mill Manager Roundtable: Sustainability, 2008 PAPERCON Conference

Mill Manager Roundtable: Sustainability, 2008 PAPERCON Conference

Sustainability Within Sappi: More Than Fiber and Energy, 2008 PAPERCON Conference

Sustainability Within Sappi: More Than Fiber and Energy, 2008 PAPERCON Conference

EFFECT OF LATEX AND PIGMENT VOLUME CONCENTRATIONS ON SUSPENSION AND CONSOLIDATED PARTICLE PACKING AND COATING STRENGTH, 2008 PAPERCON Conference

EFFECT OF LATEX AND PIGMENT VOLUME CONCENTRATIONS ON SUSPENSION AND CONSOLIDATED PARTICLE PACKING AND COATING STRENGTH, 2008 PAPERCON Conference

Mill Manager Roundtable: SustainabilityMill Manager Roundtable: Sustainability

Mill Manager Roundtable: SustainabilityMill Manager Roundtable: Sustainability

Novel Biocide Improves Paper Machine Cleanliness, Efficiency, and Product Quality, 2008 PAPERCON Conference

Novel Biocide Improves Paper Machine Cleanliness, Efficiency, and Product Quality, 2008 PAPERCON Conference

Surviving in the Corrugated Industry Downturn-A Corrugator Focus, 2009 Corrugated Conference

Surviving in the Corrugated Industry Downturn-A Corrugator Focus, 2009 Corrugated Conference

Forest Products Industry Technology Roadmap: Reduce Carbon Emissions and Energy Consumption Substantially, 2009 TAPPI Engineering, Pulping, Environmental Conference (POWER POINT)

Forest Products Industry Technology Roadmap: Reduce Carbon Emissions and Energy Consumption Substantially, 2009 TAPPI Engineering, Pulping, Environmental Conference

Water Accounting in Sustainability Programs, 2009 TAPPI Engineering, Pulping, Environmental Conference

Water Accounting in Sustainability Programs, 2009 TAPPI Engineering, Pulping, Environmental Conference

Forest Products Industry Technology Roadmap: Overview, 2009 TAPPI Engineering, Pulping, Environmental Conference ( POWER POINT)

Forest Products Industry Technology Roadmap: Overview, 2009 TAPPI Engineering, Pulping, Environmental Conference

Do Good. Do Well. Win., 2009 Corrugated Conference

Do Good. Do Well. Win., 2009 Corrugated Conference

How Environmental Attributes Can Help Finance Biomass-to-Energy Initiatives in the Pulp & Paper Industry, 2009 TAPPI Engineering, Pulping, Environmental Conference

How Environmental Attributes Can Help Finance Biomass-to-Energy Initiatives in the Pulp & Paper Industry, 2009 TAPPI Engineering, Pulping, Environmental Conference

Journal articles
Keynote Presentation: NCC: The Revolution, 2009 International Conference on Nanotechnology for the Forest Products Industry

Keynote Presentation: NCC: The Revolution, 2009 International Conference on Nanotechnology for the Forest Products Industry

Federal Tax Incentives for Renewable Energy, 2009 TAPPI Engineering, Pulping, Environmental Conference

Federal Tax Incentives for Renewable Energy, 2009 TAPPI Engineering, Pulping, Environmental Conference

Nano-Enabled Biomaterials for Sustainable Living, 2009 International Conference on Nanotechnology for the Forest Products Industry

Nano-Enabled Biomaterials for Sustainable Living, 2009 International Conference on Nanotechnology for the Forest Products Industry

Effects of Chemical Pretreatment on Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Lignocellulose Observed by AFM, 2009 International Conference on Nanotechnology for the Forest Products Industry

Effects of Chemical Pretreatment on Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Lignocellulose Observed by AFM, 2009 International Conference on Nanotechnology for the Forest Products Industry

Innovation at Buckman, PaperCon '09 Conference

Innovation at Buckman, PaperCon '09 Conference