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New or Revised Standards, TIPs, and Useful Methods
T 830 om-18 "Ink rub test of container board and corrugated board" (Revised)

T 839 om-18 "Edgewise compressive strength of corrugated fiberboard using the clamp method (short column test)" (Revised)

T 1210 sp-18 "Units of measurement and conversion factors" (Reaffirmed)

T 1216 sp-18 "Indices for whiteness, yellowness, brightness, and luminous reflectance factor" (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

Listed below are TAPPI Standards that have recently gone out for ballot to the corresponding Standard-Specific Interest Group (SSIG). The date in parentheses is the closing date for voting. 
T 272 sp-12 "Forming handsheets for reflectance testing of pulp (sheet machine procedure)" (July 13, 2018)

T 414 om-12 "Internal tearing resistance of paper (Elmendorf-type method)" (July 13, 2018)

T 423 cm-07 "Folding endurance of paper (Schopper type tester)" (July 6, 2018)

T 437 om-12 "Dirt in paper and paperboard" (July 7, 2018)

T 491 om-13 "Water immersion number of paperboard" (July 8, 2018)

T 500 cm-07 "Book bulk and bulking number of paper" (July 6, 2018)

T 502 cm-07 "Equilibrium relative humidity of paper and paperboard" (July 13, 2018)

T 551 om-12 "Thickness of paper and paperboard (soft platen method)" (July 13, 2018)

T 1500 gl-12 "Optical measurements terminology (related to appearance evaluation of paper)" (July 13, 2018)

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 a draft in ballot.

General Announcements

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 Priscila Briggs, Standards Administrator ( 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.


T NEW (WI 3021)Nanocellulose nomenclature and terminology
T NEW (WI 3022)Representative cellulosic nanomaterials for environmental, health, and safety studies
T NEW (WI 3023)Methodology for the classification and categorization of nanocellulose


T NEW (WI 3033) Conformational isomerism of cellulose under incremental stress or strain
T NEW (WI 3034) Identification of non-native cellulose in cellulose-based composites

These work items are being withdrawn due to lack of progress. 

Laurence Womack left TAPPI on May 31st, 2018 and Priscila Briggs has taken over the duties of Standards Administrator.

Priscila is Brazilian and has a degree in Chemical Engineering. She has three years of experience in a Pulp and Paper Mill and another five at the Brazilian Federal Government.

You may contact Priscila at or +1 770-209-7249.

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. The following test methods do not have the required minimum number of member to initiate a ballot:
SSIGs that need 1 member:
T 255 Water-soluble sulfates in pulp and paper.
T 438 Zinc and cadmium in paper. 
T 602 Analysis of sulfuric acid.

SSIGs that need 2 members:
T 406 Reducible sulfur in paper and paperboard.

SSIGs that need 3 members:
T 245 Silicates and silica in pulp (wet ash method).
T 421 Qualitative (including optical microscopic) analysis of mineral filler and mineral coating of paper.

SSIGs that need 4 or more members:
T 656 Measuring, sampling, and analyzing white waters. Needs 4 members.
If no progress is made on balancing these SSIGs, then the respective methods may be considered for withdrawal at the next Q&SMC meeting. If you have an interest in becoming a member of either of these SSIGs please contact
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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