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New or Revised Standards, TIPs, and Useful Methods

T 543 om-16 "Bending resistance of paper (Gurley-type tester)" (Reaffirmed)

T 556 om-16 "Bending resistance of paper and paperboard by single-point bending method" (Reaffirmed)

T 564 sp-16 "Transparent chart for the estimation of defect size" (Reaffirmed)

T 627 cm-16 "Determination of titanium dioxide" (Reclassified)

T 807 om-16 "Bursting strength of linerboard" (Revised)

T 822 om-16 "Ring crush of paperboard (rigid support method)" (Revised)

T 1009 om-16 "Tensile strength and elongation at break for fiber glass mats" (Revised)

Special note:  Documents appearing in the TAPPI online version of the Standards and TIPs are updated once a month (usually around the 15th). So it is possible that there is a delay between the publication announcement and the posting online. If you are a subscriber to the online access to Standards and TIPs and you are in a hurry for new documents that have not yet been posted, you can send a request to

TAPPI Standards in Ballot
The TAPPI Standards regulations require public review of standards that are up for ballot. Send a message to if you want to request a copy of draft in ballot.

T 464 om-12 "Water vapor transmission rate of paper and paperboard at high temperature and humidity" (March 25, 2017)

T 444 om-12 "Silver tarnishing by paper and paperboard" (March 25, 2017)
General Announcements
The SSIG for T 818 and T 819 have approved these methods for withdrawal. Having been classical method for over 20 years, along with limited use of the equipment, these methods are on the way out.

If you have use of these methods, any questions, or concerns, please contact for more information. 

Task Group 1 (TG 1, Cellulosic nanomaterials) is an advisory group within ISO/TC 6 (Paper, board and pulps) with the mandate of determining which standards to develop for cellulose nanomaterials (CNMs) and advising as to which working group within TC 6 should develop them. Our goal is to publish standard methods suitable for use with CNMs. Despite consisting mainly of cellulose (similarly to pulps), CNMs have very different forms, particle sizes, surface areas and degrees of crystallinity, and may contain chemical modifications, all of which can change the sample preparation and measurement techniques needed to characterize them.

As a first step in this work, we are adapting the below International Standard Method for use with cellulose nanomaterials:
  • ISO 12830 - Determination of acid-soluble magnesium, calcium, manganese, iron, copper, sodium and potassium;
  • ISO 1762 -  Determination of residue (ash) on ignition at 525 degrees C
For each of these methods, a round robin interlaboratory comparison (ILC) study must be performed in order to obtain the reproducibility statistics which are a requirement in International Standard Methods.

An ILC is best done with the participation of as many laboratories as possible. According to TAPPI T 1200 sp-14 "Interlaboratory evaluation of test methods to determine TAPPI repeatability and reproducibility," it is "highly desirable" that a minimum of 8 laboratories participate, and the data absolutely cannot be based on results from fewer than 5 laboratories. As you can see, your participation is very important to us!

Please note:The acid-soluble metals protocol requires a muffle furnace for dry ashing, a microwave for wet digestion (optional), and an ICP-OES system for metals detection

If you agree to participate, the samples (4 different cellulose nanomaterials) would be sent to you along with the measurement protocol(s), and the results expected within a two-month period. The ILCs would likely be initiated during Q2 (end of April to mid-May) of this year.

The identity of the ILC participants will remain strictly confidential, and all participants will receive the complete results of the ILC. Also, all of the samples will be unknowns; the study is for method development and statistics purposes only. 

Please let Stephanie Beck know if you are willing to participate in the acid-soluble metals study, or the ash determination study, or both, by  March 10, 2017. Any suggestions for other laboratories to contact would also be highly appreciated.

Stephanie Beck, Ph.D.
Interim Convenor ISO/TC 6/TG 1
Scientist, FPInnovations
514) 782-4625      


Product & Product Quality Division committees are in need of new members to support the development and maintenance of standards we all use in the manufacture of the products we deliver to our customers.

These committees discuss and make decisions on critical issues that deal with standards which are currently being used by the pulp and paper industry, as well as those which are being developed for them. 
Below are the committees which are in need of your support:

Pulp and Chemical Properties Committee

Optical Properties Committee

Physical Properties Committee

Tissue Properties Subcommittee

Joining one or more of these groups gives you and your company the opportunity to participate in the discussion and development of the standards we use for evaluating the product and product quality. Without good pulp and paper industry standards to guide us, we will not be able to deliver what our customers require.  Therefore, please consider volunteering your company and your support for these committees. 

For all those members who are already involved in Standard Specific Interest Groups (SSIG), we ask you to make the next step in standard development and maintenance participation by joining a committee today.

Meetings are held twice a year to discuss ongoing committee work. The meetings can be attended in person or by phone conference. 
Please contact Steve Berg, P&PQ Division Chairman ( or Laurence Womack, Director of Standards and Awards ( for more information.


Getting started is easy. Do you have just a general idea for a standard, or are you farther along and have a substantial draft? If you just have a general idea for a standard or TIP, complete the New Idea Submission Form. TAPPI will review your idea and identify an appropriate committee or group to work on your suggestion. If you are further along, send an initial draft to From there, the TAPPI Standards Manager will guide you through the appropriate process to finalize and approve the new document.
SSIG Members Needed
All Standard-Specific Interest Groups (SSIG) require a minimum of 10 members in order to ballot and vote on a draft of a method.

T 438 cm-06 "Zinc and cadmium in paper" requires two more SSIG members for ballot.

T 504 "Glue in paper (qualitative & quantitative determination)" requires one more member in order to ballot. 

If no progress is made on these ballots, then they might be considered for withdrawal at the next QSMC meeting. If you have an interest in becoming a member of either of these SSIGs please contact
Standards Ready for Final Approval at SARG
T 821 om-17 "Pin adhesion of corrugated board by selective separation"

T 278 sp-17 "Pulp screening (Valley-type screening device)"

T 819 cm-17 "Water absorption of corrugating medium:  boat method"

T 519 om-17 "Diffuse opacity of paper (d/0 paper backing)"

T 827 om-17 "Box blank dimensioning"

T 809 om-17 "Flat crush of corrugating medium (CMT test)"

T 811 om-17 "Edgewise compressive strength of corrugated fiberboard (short column 

WI 3032 "Dry tensile properties of paper towel and tissue products (using constant rate of elongation apparatus)"
Acronyms You May Need to Know

For details on these commonly-used acronyms in the development of TAPPI Standards and TIPs, please see the Standards Guidelines and the TIP Guidelines, or send your questions to

TIP = Technical Information Paper
Q&SMC = Quality and Standards Management Committee
SSIG = Standard-Specific Interest Group
SARG = Standards Advisory Review Group
WI = Work Item
WG = Working Group
WGC = Working Group Chairman
om = Official Method
pm = Provisional Method
sp = Standard Practice
cm = Classical Method
ss = Standard Specification
sg = Standard Guideline
gl = Standard Glossary
wd = Withdrawn Standard
UM = Useful Method

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