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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Supply Chain Best Practices for the Pulp and Paper Industry (Book & CD-ROM)

Supply Chain Best Practices for the Pulp and Paper Industry (Book & CD-ROM)

Standards
Indices for whiteness, yellowness, brightness, and luminous reflectance factor, Test Method TAPPI/ANSI T 1216 sp-12

Indices for whiteness, yellowness, brightness, and luminous reflectance factor, Test Method TAPPI/ANSI T 1216 sp-12

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Pulp & Paper Energy Best Practices Guidebook

Pulp & Paper Energy Best Practices Guidebook

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Technical Needs, The: Nonwovens for Medical/Surgical and Consumer Uses

Technical Needs, The: Nonwovens for Medical/Surgical and Consumer Uses

Books
Cost Saving Strategies in Papermaking Chemistry

Cost Saving Strategies in Papermaking Chemistry

Standards
Light sources for evaluating papers including those containing fluorescent whitening agents, Test Method TAPPI/ANSI T 1212 sp-12

Light sources for evaluating papers including those containing fluorescent whitening agents, Test Method TAPPI/ANSI T 1212 sp-12

Standards
Optical measurements terminology (related to appearance eval, Standard Glossary TAPPI/ANSI T 1500 gl-12

Optical measurements terminology (related to appearance eval, Standard Glossary TAPPI/ANSI T 1500 gl-12

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The Pulp and Paper Technology Advanced Workforce Training and Education Series: Volume 2: Paper Manufacturing

The Pulp and Paper Technology Advanced Workforce Training and Education Series: Volume 2: Paper Manufacturing

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Maintenance Painting of Steel Structures in Pulp and Paper Mills

Maintenance Painting of Steel Structures in Pulp and Paper Mills

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Sizing of Paper, Second Edition

Sizing of Paper, Second Edition

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Handbook for Pulp and Paper Technologists, First Edition (Spanish)

Handbook for Pulp and Paper Technologists, First Edition (Spanish)

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Industrial Environmental Control Pulp and Paper Industry, Second Edition, (Spanish)

Industrial Environmental Control Pulp and Paper Industry, Second Edition, (Spanish)

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Pitch Control, Wood Resin and Deresination

Pitch Control, Wood Resin and Deresination

Conference papers
Binders & Additives Anthology CD-ROM

Binders & Additives Anthology CD

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Production and Applications of Cellulose Nanomaterials

Production and Applications of Cellulose Nanomaterials

Videos
More Than a Box: Box Plant 101 - Video

More Than a Box: Box Plant 101 - Video

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Wood Quality Factors in Loblolly Pine

Wood Quality Factors in Loblolly Pine

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The Anilox Roll-Heart of the Flexo Process, Second Edition

The Anilox Roll-Heart of the Flexo Process, Second Edition

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Monograph on Microbiology of Papermaking Systems

Monograph on Microbiology of Papermaking Systems

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Roisum Series, The

Roisum Series, The