A laboratory will begin to receive proposals from vendors for a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) in response to the request for proposal (RFP) developed by the laboratory. The proposals should be evaluated according to the vendor’s ability to fulfill the functional requirements of the LIMS, the vendor’s expertise with the type of laboratory requesting the proposal, costs, technical support, future system expandability, certifications/ qualifications, and references. If a vendor cannot meet the functional requirements of the laboratory or if the costs are prohibitive, the laboratory LIMS team will need to evaluate if the project should be abandoned, have a custom LIMS developed inhouse, or modify the functional requirements of the LIMS.