Chapter 10: Product Evaluation ProgramAnchor: #i1005846
Section 1: GeneralAnchor: #i1005931
Purpose of the Program
The Product Evaluation Program exists to:
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- centralize and streamline the receipt and processing of vendor requests for TxDOT to evaluate new products, Anchor: #VELFLYHB
- expand field evaluation of products, and Anchor: #EKQMAAPW
- communicate findings to vendors and interested department personnel.
The operations of the program are based upon administrative rules published in Title 43, Texas Administrative Code, §15.13.Types of Contracts and Programs.Anchor: #i1010340
Definition of a New Product
In the context of this program, a new product is a product currently available on the market for immediate acquisition for which TxDOT does not have a current specification or item code, or a product which appears to be equal or superior to existing products covered by a specification.Anchor: #i1006169
The department evaluates new products to assist in the utilization of new or improved materials, products, or equipment beneficial to the total transportation effort. Some of the goals of the analysis are to determine whether a product is ready for use and whether it would be beneficial to TxDOT operations. This evaluation may involve confirming vendor data, to avoid the expenditure of public funds on research and development of commercial products.
Products must be submitted to RTIMain@txdot.gov using Form 1684.