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Question 1: What is the Approved Product List (APL) and where can it be found?
The APL is an inventory of products that have been submitted, reviewed and found to meet the APL acceptance criteria for that particular product as defined in Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) specifications, standards or other specified criteria (#13 below). If you need help navigating this list, see #6 below. The APL can be found at this link:
Question 2: What happened to the Qualified Products List (QPL) and where can it be found?
The APL as administered by Traffic Operations and the QPL were merged into a single list on October 20, 2014. All active products from both lists were incorporated into the new APL list.
Question 3: Can I still use the old QPL and old APL numbers?
Effective January 1, 2015, all devices and FDOT documentation and correspondence must start using the new APL numbers. The APL database will continue to maintain the old APL and old QPL numbers in the system to allow identification in the field of existing devices. The change in the numbers does not affect the productâ€™s approval status. If the product is still listed on the APL then the product is approved for that use.
Question 4: What is the process for listing products on the APL?
Applicants wishing to have a product reviewed for placement on the APL must submit an application accompanied by any documentation as defined in Florida Department of Transportation Specification, Standards or other specified criteria (#13 below) associated with that product. This is not for NEW products as described in #9 below. Additional testing documentation must be from an independent source. The application and a flow chart for this process can be found at this link:
Question 5: What is the process for RE-QUALIFICATION of products that are currently on the APL?
Products listed on the APL are required to be re-Approved based on the original approval date (see #8). This re-qualification exercise involves a minimum requirement of a NOTARIZED letter stating that no changes, unless approved by the Department, have been made to the product since it was originally approved or last re-Approved. This means ANY changes. Failure to fulfill this obligation will result in deletion from the APL. Other re-qualification criteria may be required depending on the type product. Samples of products for re-qualification should NOT be sent to the Product Evaluation Office unless requested. Samples to be sent to our State Materials Office must use the packing slip found at this link:
Re-qualification criteria for products listed on the APL can be found at the following link:
Question 6: How are the products listed on the APL (or how do I find one)?
The products are listed by specification, product then type. An example of this is would be epoxies. Clicking on the type will produce the list of approved products of this particular type. A tutorial for use of the APL is available at this link:
Question 7: What is CONDITIONAL APPROVAL?
Some products are to be tested and meet specification requirements for a lengthy period of time (2-5 years) on a Test Deck before approval. A conditional approval is an avenue for products to be placed on the APL before the time required by specification. Depending on the type of product, after initial test recordings are made meeting requirements, conditional approval can be given. This conditional approval allows for a conditional warranty between the Department and the manufacturer that allows the manufacturer to sell their product. It warrants the product until final testing and approval with the manufacturerâ€™s promise to replace all product sold if it fails on the test deck, within the allotted time frame, at the manufacturerâ€™s expense.
Question 8: What do the terms COMMENTS and LIMITATIONS mean on the QPL?
The comments and limitations found on the APL are additional usage or conditions based on specification changes, testing, size, color, etc. An example of this would be an ADA Detectable Warning Mat that was submitted for review for placement on the APL for the color yellow only. That contractor cannot use red or black mats made by this manufacturer on sidewalks where QPL products are required. Changes to specifications can sometimes create a temporary limitation for letting and use. An example of this is more stringent design characteristics on steel lighting structures. A Highmast Light Pole approved in June of 2006 cannot be used on lettings after January 2008 due to changes in the Departmentâ€™s Design Standards calling out for higher wind speed requirements.
Question 9: What is a NEW PRODUCT and what is the process for submitting an application?
A NEW product is a product not called for by a specification or the Design Standards Index. Generally this type product is new technology that has not been reviewed for use by the Department. A technical expert will review the application and give a recommendation as to the use, if any, for the Department. The application can be found at this link:
Question 10: What are QUALIFIED MATERIAL/PRODUCERS?
These are manufacturers that produce materials, commonly used by the Department, that are required by FDOT specifications to have a Quality Control (QC) program in place that has been approved/accepted and monitored by the State Materials Office. This list is updated once every 24 hours and can be found at the following link:
Question 11: What are CONSTRUCTION (DCE memos)/MATERIALS Bulletins?
These are memos generated by the Construction or Materials sections of the FDOT that address modifications made to current specifications or policy. These lists can be found at the following links:
Materials Bulletins: https://www.fdot.gov/materials/administration/resources/library/materialsbulletins
Construction Memos: http://www.fdot.gov/construction/memos/Current_Memo/CurrentMemos.shtm
Question 12: What are FLORIDA METHODS (FSTM)?
Florida Sampling and Test Methods (FSTMs) are methods created by the State Materials office for sampling and testing materials. The test methods are somewhat unique and are intended to address performance issues meeting the Departmentâ€™s needs (corrosion, UV exposure, etc.). Some of the products submitted for review for listing on the APL will have to present documentation of this testing as required by the specification they are submitted under. They can be found at the following link:
Question 13: What are "STANDARD SPECIFICATIONS and IMPLEMENTED MODIFICATIONS"?
This is the compilation of regulations, methods and specifications covering all aspects for new road and bridge construction done for or by the Department. Click on the title to view the standard specification. Please, when looking up a specification, click on the supplemental â€œSquigglyâ€ for the latest implemented modification to the specification being researched.
The latest version of this electronic publication can be found at this link:
The current Workbook with the latest implemented modifications can be found at this link:
An archived list of previous Workbooks can be found at this link:
The Department's Design Standards and Manuals can be found at this link:
Question 14: What is an ALLEDGED DEFICIENCY?
An alleged deficiency is an apparent failure of a product listed on the APL to perform as required. Any such failure should be reported to the Product Evaluation Office immediately using the Notification of Alleged Deficiency form. This form can be found at this link:
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