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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TAPPI Magazines 

Norman Marsolan Retiring as RBI Director (3/15/2018)

Dr. Marsolan was named by Georgia Tech as executive director of the Renewable Bioproducts Institute in 2009. He will retire from the position on March 28.

Gosselin to Retire as CEO of KP Tissue, Bianco to Replace Him (1/03/2018)

Mario Gosselin began his career with Kruger Inc. almost 40 years ago and has held a number of senior positions with the group in Canada and the U.K. Dino Bianco brings more than 25 years of financial, sales and marketing, and senior management experience with Kraft.

Kraton Launches New Website (1/11/2018)

New site delivers improved user experience through a simple, clean design with enhanced features, functionality, and navigation, enabling visitors to experience Kraton's comprehensive product portfolio and innovative solutions. 

Valmet, Ittihad Paper Mill Agree to Long-Term Service Co-operation (3/12/2018)

Agreement is for the Ittihad Paper Mill, Abu Dhabi, which is constructing a new 320,000 metric tpy Valmet fine paper machine to start up in late 2018.

IP Again Selected to FORTUNE's List of World's Most Admired Companies (1/23/2018)

International Paper has earned this prestigious recognition 15 times in the past 16 years.

Fear of Automation Could be Affecting Workers Health (3/06/2018)

New article published in the journal Social Science and Medicine, found that exposure to automation risk may be negatively associated with health outcomes, plausibly through perceptions of poorer job security. 

Barrier Coating Transforms Paper/Board into Recyclable Wax, Polyethlene Paper Alternatives (1/10/2018)

By applying EcoShield® Barrier Coating onto their kraft paper, recycled paper, and linerboard, manufacturers can produce fully recyclable and repulpable paper and boxes that resist moisture, oil, and grease.

K-C, Deltares Launch Innovative Tool for Sustainable Water Management (3/27/2018)

WaterLoupe dashboard to help stakeholders identify factors driving water risk across the entire watershed, and explore sustainable stewardship strategies.

VTP and TMC Join Forces in North America (3/12/2018)

Partnership to offer enhanced range of packaging solutions to the global tissue industry, comprised of innovative products and highly advanced services to meet evolving demands of consumer and professional markets. 

Smurfit Kappa Rejects Unsolicited IP Acquisition Proposal (3/06/2018)

The Smurfit Kappa Board has carefully considered the proposal and believes it is in the best interests of the Group’s shareholders and other stakeholders to pursue its future as an independent company, operating as a European and Pan-American leader in paper-based packaging.

Sappi Expands Corrugated Board Lines with New Type of Fresh Fiber Liner (1/12/2018)

Fusion Uncoated is based on the paper concept for the already very successful Fusion Topliner. In contrast to the double-coated Fusion Topliner, however, Fusion Uncoated has a natural, uncoated surface.

WS Packaging Conserves Landfill Space with Recyclable Clean-Release Card (1/22/2018)

REI Co-Op partners with Quad/Graphics and WS Packaging Group to create innovative solution for direct mail catalogs. 

JP Gould, New Leaf Collaborate to Market 100% Recycled Coated Paper (3/30/2018)

Companies will market 100% recycled coated paper under the GEMSTONE 100 brand to commercial printers and corporations that want to support environmentally sustainable business practices and demonstrate environmental leadership.

NIB, BillerudKorsnäs Sign Loan for New Board Machine in Gruvön, Sweden (3/14/2018)

New board machine will have an annual production capacity of 550,000 metric tons of liquid packaging board, carton board, food service board, and kraftliners.

Andritz Launches Modern Research Center for Tissue (3/23/2018)

New Tissue Innovation and Application Center in Graz, Austria, includes a complete, state-of-the-art tissue production line, with laboratory facilities for tests and trials to develop new products and processes in the tissue sector.

Kruger Products Named One of Canada's Best Managed Companies in 2018 (3/13/2018)

For the first time, the company is included on this respected list for its overall performance.

Sun Chemical to Raise Prices of Offset Inks, Coatings, Consumables in N.A (1/15/2018)

Prices will vary depending on the product line, but in general most prices will go up by a percentage in the high single digits.

A.Celli Rebuilds Paper Winder for Muda Paper Mills in Malaysia (1/09/2018)

At Muda’s Tasek Mill, an old paper winder comes back into fashion.

IP Issues Statement Regarding Possible Offer for Smurfit Kappa Group (3/07/2018)

International Paper confirms that it has submitted a proposal to acquire the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Smurfit Kappa. Under terms of the proposal, Smurfit Kappa shareholders would be entitled to receive EUR 22.00 in cash and 0.3028 new International Paper shares of common stock for each Smurfit Kappa ordinary share held by them.