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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Biocatalysis and Bioenergy

Biocatalysis and Bioenergy

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The 360° Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization

The 360° Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization

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SpecLogix Compendium of Paper & Printing

SpecLogix Compendium of Paper & Printing

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Biomass to Renewable Energy Processes

Biomass to Renewable Energy Processes

Journal articles
The Pulse by Forestweb: 2008 production down by 4.3%, Paper360º January/February 2009

The Pulse by Forestweb, Paper360º January/February 2009

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A New Paradigm is Needed, Paper360° August 2009

A New Paradigmis Needed, Paper360º August 2009

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ASPI News, Paper360º May/June 2012

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Scoring Deinkability, February 2009

Scoring Deinkability, February 2009

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Donâ??t Ask That Question. May 2010

Don’t Ask That Question. May 2010

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Problem Solving - As easy as Pie!, Frontline Focus, Volume 2, Issue 10

Frontline Focus, October 2006

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China Charges Ahead in Printing and Writing Papers, Solutions!, January 2006, Vol. 89(1)

China Charges Ahead in Printing and Writing Papers, Solutions!, January 2006, Vol. 89(1) (224 KB)

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INSIDE THE NUMBERS:YEAR OF THE DOG: WILL IT BE THE INDUSTRYâ??S BEST FRIEND?, SOLUTIONS! [06JANSO68.pdf]

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Year of the Dog: Will It Be the Industry’s Best Friend?, Solutions!, January 2006, Vol. 89(1) (68 KB)

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Bleaching 101: The Basics, Frontline Focus, Volume 2, Issue 7

Frontline Focus, July 2006

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MWV's Technical Training Initiative, Paper360° April/May 2009

MWV's Technical Training Initiative, Paper360º April/May 2009

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Improving Deinked Pulp Quality by Oxidation With Tempo, August 2009

Improving Deinked Pulp Quality by Oxidation With Tempo, August 2009

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PIDemystified - Part 2, Frontline Focus, Volume 2, Issue 4

Frontline Focus, April 2006

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A Change Writ Large in History, Paper360º September 2009

A Change Writ Large in History, Paper360º September 2009

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Vibration Signatures, Frontline Focus, Volume 4, Issue 1

Frontline Focus, January 2008

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Insulation, the Forgotten Technology, part 1, Frontline Focus, Volume 5, Issue 7

Frontline Focus, August 2009