The purpose of the new products evaluation program is to provide a well-defined and organized system within the Department to handle requests from various sources for consideration of new products developed for use in road and bridge construction or maintenance. The Department will evaluate only those new products which have the potential to fulfill a real need, economically provide a satisfactory level of service, and are not covered by existing specifications (e.g., reflective sheeting, asphalt release agents, and inlet filters). It is the burden of the vendor to demonstrate that a need for a new product exists and that his product has a good potential for satisfying this need. Vendor proposals that attempt to place with the Department the responsibility for developing the application for a product being offered will not be considered. Furthermore, the Department will consider for evaluation only those products which have been adequately developed, screened, and tested by the manufacturers.
Before submitting a new product form, visit the SCDOT website (http://info2.scdot.org/Materials/Pages/QualifiedProd.aspx) to view SCDOT Qualified Product Listings (QPLs) and Policies for Construction and Maintenance Materials. Direct questions related to QPLs to the Departmental contact whose information is included at the end of the Qualified Products Policy (QPP) for each numbered QPL.
A completed Preliminary Information for Product Evaluation Form (SCDOT Form 945) is required for each product submitted for evaluation. Include available product literature, testing information, and Materials Safety Data Sheet(s) with the completed form(s) by email to ZwankaME@scdot.org or by mail to the following address:
Mr. Merrill Zwanka, P.E.
Materials and Research Engineer
South Carolina Department of Transportation
1406 Shop Road
Columbia, SC 29201
Upon receipt of the completed form(s), your product will be referred for consideration to a member of the Department’s New Products Committee. The Committee member will keep you advised of the status of your product(s).
If you have any questions concerning this matter, please do not hesitate to contact Meredith Heaps (HeapsMW@scdot.org | 803-737-1969).