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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API Launches Chemical-Free Pulping Enhanced with Nanocellulose (5/19/2016)

American Process Inc., Atlanta, Ga., USA, a biorefinery technology developer, this week announced its patent-pending GreenBox++™ technology that replaces chemical pulping for production of high-strength, lightweight paper-based packaging using a chemical-free, waterbased process powered by nanocellulose.

UPM Cellulosic Biomaterial Used for Cancer Cell Research (5/20/2016)

The Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) at the University of Helsinki, and UPM Biochemicals (Finland), has started a joint research project with the purpose of investigating the applicability of UPM’s new cellulose-based gel material for cancer research.

API Europe Gets Funding for Conversion of Biomass to Sugars and Nanocellulose (9/14/2016)

API Europe announced this week it is one of 14 European companies participating in a demonstration project for the conversion of woody biomass to value-added chemicals and nanocellulose. The project has received funding of EUR 9.9 million from the Bio-Based Industries public private partnership, a program under EU Horizon 2020.

More Pharmaceutical Preparations to Drive Nanocellulose Market (9/14/2016)

In a report today (Sept. 14, 2016) by openPR (Hannover, Germany) promoting recent market research was an excerpt of information specifically related to the new nanocellulose-pharmaceutical relationship that has recently developed. It is expected to become more widespread in medical preparations of new drugs. This will provide a continued significant boost to the nanocellulose market through at least the near future.

Journal articles
Rheological characterization of microfibrillated cellulose suspension using optical coherence tomography, TAPPI JOURNAL May 2015

Rheological characterization of microfibrillated cellulose suspension using optical coherence tomography, TAPPI JOURNAL May 2015

Iranian Scientists Produce Nano Antibacterial Packaging Paper (9/02/2016)

According to a report by the MEHR News Agency (Tehran, Iran), researchers from the University of Tehran have applied silver nanoparticles and nanocellulose at laboratorial scale to produce papers with antibacterial properties specific to food packaging.

Cellulose Nanomaterials: Measurement Needs and Potential Solutions

As global efforts continue to discover new applications for cellulose nanomaterials, commercial production and processing of these materials will have unique measurement needs. 

High performance cement via cellulose nanocrystal addition

This webinar is presented by Professor Jeffery Youngblood, Purdue University . 

Nanocellulose in the Formulation of Emulsions and Formulation-Composition Maps

Cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) and naocrystals (CNC) are high aspect nanomaterials that can form structured networks. Taking advantage of this property, I will introduce novel approaches to wood deconstruction for the development of CNF and CNC. They mainly consist of microemulsions with super-solubilizing power and ultralow interfacial tension. Further, the unique properties of fluid multiphase systems will be exploited in the synthesis of various types of emulsions.

Responsive Cellulose Nanocrystal Composites

Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) are high-aspect ratio, mechanically stiff fibers which can serve as both a bio-renewable reinforcing agent in nanocomposites as well as a handle for adding stimuli responsiveness.

Overview, Properties and Opportunities for Nanocellulose

The forest products industry has a unique opportunity that is unfolding: the production of renewable and sustainable nanomaterials for a broad range of applications. Commercialization of this technology will preserve existing jobs, allowing our mature industry to remain competitive.

Transforming Cellulose Nanocrystals into Sustainable Products through Surface Engineering

This webinar is presented by Emily D. Cranston, McMaster University– and brought to you by the Nanotechnology Division 


Nanocellulose based materials for barrier and antibacterial packages

This presentation provides an overview of the potential of nanocellulose (functionalized or not) in packaging materials like fibre-based materials or nanocomposites. The main focus is on industrialization of nanocellulose and their uses in biobased materials for imp

Roadmap for the Safe and Sustainable Commercialization of Nanocellulose

This webinar described the development of an environmental health and safety roadmap for nanocellulose to ensure commercialization opportunities are informed by state of the art testing and analysis demonstrating the safety of consumer and related products containing nanocellulose.

How to Use Rheology to Characterize and Formulate Nanofiber Based Materials

Presenter: Yaman Boluk, University of Alberta

Cellulose Nanomaterial Commercialization: an End User Perspective

Nanocellulose is evolving from lab scale to pilot scale to commercial scale as new ventures have started up pilot or demonstration plants and are working with customers to develop markets and applications. 

Nanocellulose: The Road to Commercialization - Opportunities and Recommendations for Researchers, Producers, and End Users

This webinar is presented by Jack Miller, Market-Intell LLC – and brought to you by the Nanotechnology Division 


Nanotechnology in Fibrous Materials: 101

This presentation will provide an overview of the field and discuss new applications that have evolved in connection with developing nonwoven fibrous materials, performance clothing and protective textiles. The environment and health impacts of nanotechnology and science will also be examined.

Processing of nanocellulose based polymer nanocomposites

A webinar on the Processing of nanocellulose based polyer nanocomposites. The presentation covered the different strategies reported in the literature to process polymer nanocomposites reinforced when nanocellulose are presented.