Standards Advisory Review Group

The Standards Advisory Review Group (SARG) is a group of TAPPI members appointed by the Quality and Standards Management Committee (Q&SMC) who are familiar with the TAPPI Standards process and are qualified to participate in the final review of Standards after they have been approved by the appropriate Standards-Specific Interest Group (SSIG).

The Standards Advisory Review Group (SARG) is responsible for determining that the Standards review and/or development process has been properly followed, and that all negatives and comments have been resolved as required by these regulations. The SARG is appointed to terms whose lengths are determined by the Q&SMC. The SARG shall have a minimum of three members, but may have as many as the Q&SMC deems appropriate.

SARG Meetings

The SARG is required to meet twice a year to act on Standards that are in the final stage of review. The last SARG meeting was held on online on October 7, 2020. The next meeting will be May 18, 2021.

Anyone may participate in the SARG meeting via Zoom or conference call.  Please contact [email protected] if you would like to be added to the ZOOM meeting, get a call in number, or if you have any questions.  Members who have particular concerns or who have issues about specific methods are especially encouraged to participate.

The agenda for the next SARG meeting is listed below and contains the methods that have achieved the proper votes to be considered for approval. Please click on the below Standards to download a copy of the draft. Send a message to [email protected] if you have any comments or appeals prior to the SARG meeting.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021
1PM – 2PM (Eastern time)

I.     Welcome and Introduction

II.    Statement of Antitrust Compliance

III.   Approval of Agenda

IV.   Approval of minutes from October 7, 2020

V.    Standards ready for final approval

* = eligible to be submitted to ANSI as an American National Standard

T 245 Silicates and silica in pulp (wet ash method)  (Reaffirmed)


T 255 Water-soluble sulfates in pulp and paper  (Reaffirmed)


T 256  Water-soluble chlorides in pulp and paper  (Reaffirmed)


*T 257  Sampling and preparing wood for analysis  (Reaffirmed)


*T 258 Basic density and moisture content of pulpwood  (Reaffirmed)


*T 272  Forming handsheets for reflectance testing of pulp (sheet machine procedure)  (Revision)


*T 402 Standard conditioning and testing atmospheres for paper, board, pulp handsheets, and related products  (Revision)


*T 414 Internal tearing resistance of paper (Elmendorf-type method)  (Revision)


T 432 Water absorbency of bibulous papers  (Reaffirmed)


*T 437  Dirt in paper and paperboard  (Reaffirmed)


*T 454 Turpentine test for voids in glassine and greaseproof papers  (Reaffirmed)


T 479 Smoothness of paper (Bekk method)  (Reaffirmed)


T 502 Equilibrium relative humidity of paper and paperboard  (Reaffirmed)


*T 512  Creasing of flexible packaging material paper specimens for testing  (Reaffirmed)


*T 529 Surface pH measurement of paper  (Reaffirmed)


*T 537 Dirt count in paper and paperboard (optical character recognition - OCR)  (Reaffirmed)


*T 556 Bending resistance of paper and paperboard by single-point bending methods  (Reaffirmed)


*T 560 CIE whiteness and tint of paper and paperboard (d/0 geometry, C/2 illuminant/observer)  (Revision)


*T 562 CIE whiteness and tint of paper and paperboard (45/0 geometry, C/2 illuminant/observer)  (Revision)


*T 563 Equivalent black area (EBA) and count of visible dirt in pulp, paper and paperboard by image analysis  (Reaffirmed)


T 602 Analysis of sulfuric acid  (Reaffirmed)


T 611 Analysis of bleaching powder, calcium hypochlorite bleach liquor and bleach sludge  (Reaffirmed)


*T 657  Sampling of fillers and pigments  (Revision)


T 699 Analysis of pulping liquors by suppressed ion chromatography  (Withdrawn)


*T 826 Short span compressive strength of containerboard  (Revision)


*T 829 Score quality test (Revision)


*T 831 Water absorption of corrugating medium: water drop penetration test  (Revision)


*T 1215  The determination of instrumental color differences  (Revision)

VI.     Other business


VII.    Next meeting


VIII.   Adjournment