New Products Evaluat​ion

The New Products Evaluation process was developed to review materials that do not meet the requirements of the Approved Materials List; however, the Department may find useful on a project case by case basis.  The New Product Evaluation (NPE) Committee, established by DOTD EDSM V.4.1.1, provides for the structured review, evaluation and implementation of all new products and associated procedures submitted to the department. The NPE coordinator fully documents all submittals, evaluations, and implementation of specialty products.

Members: The committee establishes policies and procedures to give structure and consistency to the review, evaluation and implementation of committee recommendations. Chairing the NPE Committee is the Materials Engineer Administrator who appoints members of their staff to coordinate the committee's activities. The committee is composed of various sections and divisions of the department such as the Materials and Testing Section Coordinator, Procurement Section, Contracts & Specifications, Maintenance Section, Bridge Design Section, Construction Division, Maintenance Division, Traffic Engineering and Service, and the Louisiana Transportation Research Center.

Manufacturer Responsibilities: A manufacturer requesting a product evaluation by the department must complete a New Products Evaluation Form available from the Materials and Testing Section. The form must be signed by a representative of the manufacturer that officially authorizes the evaluation of the product and acknowledges the "General Notes" on the form. Additionally, the manufacturer must send via email the form and all product literature, MSDS sheets, prior test data, etc. to the New Product Evaluation Coordinator. All forms and literature must be received by the Materials and Testing Section at least one month before the NPE committee meeting to be included on that agenda. Product manufacturers must provide materials for the evaluation at NO COST to DOTD. In the event of a field evaluation, the manufacturer should be present to ensure that the product is installed correctly. If material fails to preform, it is also the manufacturers responsibility to remove material from test site at NO COST to the department.

The manufacturer will be notified of the receipt of the submittal and advised of the date that the committee will consider the product. After the NPE Committee meeting the manufacturer is notified as to whether or not the product will be evaluated. The name of the evaluator will also be provided if applicable. After completion of the evaluation the manufacturer will be notified of the committee's actions.

Committee Procedures: The committee reviews all new product submittals and decides whether products have merit​ to the department to pursue evaluation. Should the committee decide to evaluate the product, one of the department's sections coordinate the evaluation either through the department or APEL/NTPEP. Upon completion of the evaluation, the committee reviews the results of the evaluation and approves or rejects the product. When a product is approved, the committee coordinates the implementation of the product.

Committee Meetings: The NPE Committee meetings are usually held in February, May, August and November at 1:00 p.m. at: 

Materials and Testing Section
5080 Florida Blvd
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806

Manufacturers may make a formal presentation of their product to the NPE committee. The presentations will be first on the committee meeting agenda, and will be restricted to ten (10) minutes duration. Manufacturers should contact the Materials and Testing Section prior to the meeting date to schedule the presentation.

Please send all forms and literature to the New Product Evaluation Coordinator, Kasey Browning, at kasey.browning@la.gov. 

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