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 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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Association News, Paper360º November 2008

Josh Reich spotlight

November 1, 2016

“This was not the career path I originally thought I’d be on,” says TAPPI member Josh Reich. “But I’m glad I am now.”

Spotlight: Danny Haynes

October 1, 2016

For more than 100 years, TAPPI membership has included the best and brightest in the pulp, paper, packaging and converting industry.

Member Spotlight

Heather Jennings

I’ve used TAPPI Connect to reach out and communicate with other industry professionals. And the e-Library has helped me understand the pulp and papermaking industry more clearly.” 

Chicago TAPPI

Welcome to Chicago TAPPI Local Section

SPOTLIGHT: Laszlo Horvath

He grew up in his father’s small furniture manufacturing company in Kiskoros, Hungary, helping to create high-end custom pieces. 

SPOTLIGHT: Kerry Figiel

February 1, 2011

As a Senior Staff Engineer with International Paper (IP), TAPPI member Kerry Figiel operates as a Corporate Champion for Quality Control Systems.


September 1, 2012

As the Manager for Learning and Organizational Development for Corrugated Packaging, RockTenn’s (now WestRock) Jay Kaplan knows a thing or two about how to maximize leadership opportunities in box plants and paper mills.

SPOTLIGHT: Greg Bunker

March 1, 2016

A 20-plus year veteran with Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, Greg Bunker turned to TAPPI membership nearly 10 years ago. Why? His immediate answer is simple: networking.

SPOTLIGHT: Larry Anker

Olympic wrestling gold medalist Dan Gable once said, “Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.”

SPOTLIGHT: Marshelle Slayton

Surrounded by engineers growing up, Marshelle Slayton said she knew from the start that’s what she wanted for her career.

SPOTLIGHT: Michele “Micki” Meggison

Michele “Micki” Meggison’s career has been as unique as how she earned her nickname nearly forty years ago.

SPOTLIGHT: Rosy Covarrubias

March 1, 2016

She has been with Buckman since 1997, joining the company as a Senior Development Specialist. 

SPOTLIGHT: Prakash Malla

September 1, 2014

When asked to relay a unique fact about ourselves, how many can lay claim to having been born and raised on a mountainside in Nepal?

Southeastern/KILNCON 2016 Meeting

KILNCON 2016” June 9-11, 2016 in Destin, FL, presented by Gulf Coast TAPPI and Southeastern TAPPI local sections

SPOTLIGHT: Charles Bohanan

July 1, 2016

Spending 40 years with the same organization is pretty rare these days. In fact, it’s probably as inconceivable as applying for a job through a classified ad.

SPOTLIGHT: Scott Pantaleo

May 1, 2011

If there is one thing member Scott Pantaleo knows about the benefits of joining TAPPI, it’s the value of education and information exchange.