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2018 Fourth and 2019 First Quarter Accreditations

Cellular Therapy Entities

  • Accredited: 236
  • Applicants: 5

Cord Blood Banks

  • Accredited: 56
  • Applicants: 3

During the fourth quarter of 2018 and first quarter of 2019, 40 entities received FACT accreditation. For details regarding these accreditations, view the full accreditation report.

A complete list of accredited organizations can be found at www.factwebsite.org.

Additional FACT Volunteer Opportunities

Posted in :: 2019 Volume 4 :: Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

By: Andra Moehring, MHA, FACT Standards Development Manager

The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) has several committees to help FACT achieve its vision of being the premier organization setting standards and awarding accreditation to programs in the evolving field of cellular therapy.

In addition to other standing committees, FACT has a special committee for which we are seeking volunteers. We invite you to review the charge for the FACT Standards Committee and either nominate yourself or a colleague to serve as a committee member.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Purpose

The FACT Standards Committee drafts standards and guidance for cellular therapy product collection, processing, and administration; and cord blood collection, banking, and release for administration, using evidence-based science and considering evolving uses of cellular therapy.

The committee’s goal is to provide clear and user-friendly FACT standards and effective transition between editions of Standards.

Commitment

  • 3 year term
  • Minimum of 2 three-month periods with weekly or bi-weekly teleconferences
  • Complete initial edits prior to the public comment period
  • Review of public comments submitted
  • Ongoing participation until the development of the next edition of Standards

The majority of the hard work is completed during subcommittee discussions that take place several months before the actual publication of the Standards. The experience and expertise of our volunteer subcommittee members is invaluable to the development of each edition of Standards.

Standard Development Schedule

FACT currently has four sets of Standards, with multiple subcommittees (e.g., Clinical, Collection, Processing, Quality Management, Immune Effector Cell) under each set. The Standards Development process for each upcoming edition of Standards is below:

  • FACT-JACIE International Standards for Hematopoietic Cellular Therapy Product Collection, Processing, and Administration (July 2019)
  • FACT Standards for Immune Effector Cells (July 2019)
  • FACT Common Standards for Cellular Therapies (May 2020)
  • NetCord-FACT International Standards for Cord Blood Collection, Banking, and Release for Administration. (January 2021)

Volunteers are an essential resource for FACT. Our success and accomplishments are directly attributable to the selfless commitment of our knowledgeable volunteers. FACT’s volunteers bring new ideas and energy to the Foundation. Your volunteering makes a difference in the organization and the cell therapy community.

Please submit your interest in serving as a committee member along with a description of your qualifications to Andra Moehring, FACT Standards Development Manager, at andra.moehring@unmc.edu by May 1, 2019.