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New or Revised Standards, TIPs, and Useful Methods

Since June 19, 2020, the TAPPI/ANSI Standards below are available on

New American National Standard:
T 843 om-20 Fluted edge crush of corrugating medium (rigid support method)

Reaffirmation of current American National Standards:
T 455 sp-20 Identification of wire side of paper
T 845 om-20 Wet pin adhesion of corrugated board by selective separation
T 1205 sp-20 Dealing with suspect (outlying) test determinations

Revision of current American National Standards:
T 804 om-20 Compression test of fiberboard shipping containers

Notices of the approvals of the TAPPI Standards as American National Standards were placed in the June 19, 2020 edition of ANSI Standards Action.

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 for TIPs to or for Standards 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 657 sp-12 Sampling of fillers and pigments (July 16, 2020)
T 835 om-14 Water absorption of corrugating medium: water drop absorption test (July 30, 2020)

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 the draft in ballot. If you would like to participate in the SSIGs that review and vote on the Standards, please contact TAPPI Standards Department at

General Announcements

Standards Backlog

The TAPPI Standards team has started an intense and focused work to update the backlog on the review of Standards. Until September 18, 2020, the team is going to update all the late items that have any actions pending. The team members will be limiting the participation in other activities to get to focus on the backlog work. The U.S. TAG Administration to ISO/TC 6 has been temporarily transferred from Priscila Briggs to Shayne Nicholas until this focused work finishes. Final drafts of TIPs submitted to TAPPI, however, will continue to be published during this time.

STAR Member of the Month postponed

Due to the focused work on the Standards backlog, the section STAR Member of the Month, initially scheduled to begin this month, has been postponed to the September issue.

Priscila Briggs
Standards Manager

Propose a New Standard or Technical Information Paper (TIP)

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, let TAPPI Standards Department know! TAPPI will review your idea and identify an appropriate committee or group to work on your suggestion. If you have an initial idea or if you are further along, send your idea or 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

The Standard-Specific Interest Groups (SSIGs) for the following Standards are in need of additional members. These groups may or may not have ballots currently open.

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 213 om-15 Dirt in pulp - chart method
T 222 om-15 Acid insoluble lignin in wood and pulp
T 254 cm-10 Cupriethylenediamine disperse viscosity of pulp (falling ball method)
T 268 om-13 Weight-volume measurement of pulpwood
T 573 sp-15 Accelerated temperature aging of printing and writing paper by dry oven exposure apparatus
T 699 om-09 Analysis of pulping liquors by suppressed ion chromatography

SSIGs that need 2 members: 

T 454 om-15 Turpentine test for voids in glassine and greaseproof papers

SSIGs that need 3 members:

T 259 om-15 Species identification of nonwood plant fibers
T 267 cm-15 Compression wood identification in pulpwood
T 617 cm-10 Analysis of lime
T 622 cm-10 Analysis of sodium hydrosulfite lime

SSIGs that need 4 or more members:

T 226 cm-11 Specific external surface of pulp
T 237 cm-08 Carboxyl content of pulp
T 244 cm-11 Acid-insoluble ash in wood, pulp, paper, and paperboard
T 429 cm-10 Alpha-cellulose in paper
T 434 cm-10 Acid-soluble iron in paper
T 435 om-16 Hydrogen ion concentration (pH) of paper extracts (hot extraction method)
T 493 cm-10 Identification and determination of melamine resin in paper
T 495 cm-13 Bending number of paperboard
T 509 om-15 Hydrogen ion concentration (pH) of paper extracts (cold extraction method)
T 600 om-15 Analysis of formaldehyde in aqueous solutions and of free formaldehyde in resins
T 610 sp-15 Preparation of indicators and standard solutions
T 613 cm-10 Analysis of caustic soda
T 618 cm-10 Analysis of limestone
T 619 cm-10 Analysis of salt cake
T 621 cm-10 Analysis of rosin
T 628 cm-10 Analysis of rosin size
T 632 cm-11 Analysis of sodium silicate

Participating in a SSIG is free and open to anyone interested. Join now!

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

U.S. TAG to ISO TC 6

The U.S. TAG Administration for ISO/TC 6 has been temporarily transferred from Priscila Briggs to Shayne Nicholas. Priscila will resume her role of TAG Administrator on September 21, 2020.

If you would like to know more or join the U.S. TAG to ISO/TC 6, please write to

Did You Know

... that to participate in the balloting process for TAPPI Standards you must sign up for the Standard-Specific Interest Groups (SSIGs)?

Drafts are available for anyone to review, but to vote and comment you must be a member of the SSIG. Each Standard has its own SSIG – so you have to sign up for each Standard that you have an interest in. Links to all of the SSIGs (by subject category) can be found on the Subject Category for Standards web page.

When you click on a Subject Category, it will take you to the page where you can sign up online:

Acronyms You May Need to Know

List of Common Acronyms Relevant to Standards and TIPs

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

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

Searching and Ordering TAPPI Standards, TIPs, and Useful Methods

Details on how to search and order TAPPI Standards, TIPs, and Useful Methods can be found on the TAPPI website’s Search and Order page. 

All individual TIPs or Standards are available for electronic or paper delivery.  For electronic delivery, the documents are e-mailed in PDF format.  Hard copy documents can be mailed or faxed, but shipping and handling costs will apply.

For Individual TIPs, order Item Number: 0108____ (Insert TIP number) 

For Individual Standards, order Item Number: 0104T____ (Insert Standard number)

For individual Useful Methods, order item number: 0104UM_____ (Insert UM number)

List price: $49; TAPPI member price: $32. There are no shipping or handling charges for electronic documents.

The 2020 collection of Standards, TIPs, and UMs, published through March of 2020 (product code STUCD-20), will be available on CD in April. An Individual or Company License for access to the continually updated collection of Standards, TIPs, and UMs via the web is the best way to always have a current set of documents accessible. A print-on-demand version of either the Standards, TIPs, or UMs, current and updated as of the date printed, is also available. 

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