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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American Forest & Paper Association Releases August 2017 Containerboard Report

September 19, 2017 - Contact: Barbara Riley

American Forest & Paper Association Releases August 2017 Boxboard Report

September 19, 2017 - Contact: Barbara Riley

Jay Miele named Allnorth Americas Vice President of Operations

Vancouver, Canada - September 21, 2017

American Forest & Paper Association Releases August 2017 Printing-Writing Paper Report

September 22, 2017 - Contact: Barbara Riley

PRESS RELEASE - 2016 Top 20 Under 30 Winners

TAPPI Announces 2016 Young Professionals Division Top 20 Under 30 Winners

Top Outstanding Young Professionals

2017 Emerging leaders represent WestRock, Domtar, Cascades Tissue Group International Paper, Solenis, and Weidmann Electrical Technology AG

2016 Top 20 Under 30 Winners (PDF)

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