Solicitation Number: 36C26221Q0863
Notice Type: SRCSGT
NAICS: 334516
Notice Published: 06-10-21
Response Due: 06-17-21

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Contact: Mary Craig, Contract Specialist (Contractor) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Ph: (512) 785-7919
Office Address: LONG BEACH, CA 90815
Place of Performance: VA Long Beach Healthcare System 5907 East 7th Street, Long Beach 90822

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THIS REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) IS ISSUED SOLELY FOR INFORMATION AND PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A SOLICITATION. THE SUBMISSION OF PRICING, CAPABILITIES FOR PLANNING PURPOSES, AND OTHER MARKET INFORMATION IS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED AND ALLOWED UNDER THIS RFI IN ACCORDANCE WITH (IAW) FAR 15.201(e). DISCLAIMER This RFI is issued solely for information and planning purposes only and does not constitute a solicitation. All information received in response to this RFI that is marked as proprietary will be handled accordingly. IAW FAR 15.201(e), responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract. Responders are solely responsible for all expenses associated with responding to this RFI. SOURCES SOUGHT DESCRIPTION This is NOT a solicitation announcement. This is a sources sought/RFI only. The purpose of this sources sought/RFI is to gain knowledge of potential qualified sources and their size classification relative to NAICS 334516 (size standard of 1000 Employees). Responses to this sources sought will be used by the Government to make appropriate acquisition decisions. After review of the responses to this sources sought, a solicitation announcement may be published. Responses to this sources sought synopsis are not considered adequate responses for a solicitation announcement. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), VISN 22 Network Contracting Office, is seeking sources that can provide Automated Slide Stainer that at a minimum meets the following salient characteristics with a brand name or equal product for the VA Long Beach Healthcare System: Automated Slide Stainer Must: Be benchtop and fit within the existing space (60 x 28 x 22 ). Be open system compatible with current processor reagents. Medical Chemical Corporation brand reagent alcohols (100%, 95%) and Xylene are the reagents presently used on both strainer and processor. Be compatible with our current water, exhaust, and electrical system infrastructure. Current automated slide Stainer is connected to a tap water source. The current exhaust system is a hood that vents fumes to the outside, however future exhaust may use carbon filters. The current electrical system is rated voltage and current - single phase, 115VAC +- 10%, 50/60 Hz, 9A, 10A. Throughput of at least 500 slides per hour. Have built-in drying stations. Batch 3 slide racks (20 slide count each) at a given time. Be able to run H&E, Papanicolaou (PAP), and Special Stains. Have at least 3 start stations. Have at least 3 end stations. Feature slide rack agitation. Feature activated carbon filtration system. Must have special applications to be validated for use with the Hologic Thin Prep stain plus imaging system. Must have heated reagent stations - optional, 2, 86 TO 158F; 30 to 70C. User interface display - color LCD touchscreen. Operating temperature should be between 10 to 40oC. Brand Name Information: Tissue Tek Prisma Plus Automatic Slide Stainer The information identified above is intended to be descriptive, not restrictive and to indicate the quality of the supplies/services that will be satisfactory. It is the responsibility of the interested source to demonstrate to the government that the interested parties can provide the supplies/services that fulfill the required specifications. If you are interested and can provide the sought-out supplies/services, please provide the requested information as well as the information indicated below. Response to this notice should include company name, address, point of contact, size of business pursuant to the following questions: (1) Please indicate the size status and representations of your business, such as but not limited to: Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB), Hubzone, Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB), Large Business, etc.)? (2) Is your company considered small under the NAICS code identified under this RFI? (3) Are you the manufacturer or distributor of the items being referenced above (or equivalent product/solution)? What is the manufacturing country of origin of these items? (4) If you re a small business and you are an authorized distributor/reseller for the items identified above (or equivalent product/solution), do you alter; assemble; modify; the items requested in any way? If you do, state how and what is altered; assembled; modified? (5) Does your company have an FSS contract with GSA or the NAC or are you a contract holder with NASA SEWP or any other federal contract? If so, please provide the contract type and number. (6) If you are an FSS GSA/NAC or NASA SEWP contract holder or other federal contract holder, are the referenced items/solutions available on your schedule/contract? (7) Please provide general pricing for your products/solutions for market research purposes. (8) Please submit your capabilities regarding the salient characteristics being provided and any information pertaining to equal to items to establish capabilities for planning purposes? *** Submissions addressing Section (8) should show clear, compelling and convincing*** evidence that all equal to items" meet all required salient characteristics. Responses to this notice shall be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Telephone responses shall not be accepted. Responses must be received no later than Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. PST. If a solicitation is issued it shall be announced at a later date, and all interested parties must respond to that solicitation announcement separately from the responses to this request for information. Responses to this notice are not a request to be added to a prospective bidders list or to receive a copy of the solicitation.