By Andra Moehring, FACT Standards Development Manager
The draft Seventh Edition NetCord-FACT Cord Blood Standards and accompanying Accreditation Manual were published for public review and comment for a 90-day period on November 30, 2018. To ensure that members of the cord blood community have reviewed the proposed significant changes in the draft Standards, and have had an opportunity to provide their input, the comment period is extended for an additional 30 days. Comments will now be accepted through April 1, 2019. Links are provided below to the draft Standards, Accreditation Manual, and comment form.
These Standards apply to all phases of cord blood collection, banking, and release for administration, including donor management, collection, processing, testing, cryopreservation, storage, listing, search, selection, reservation, release, and distribution to clinical programs.
Comments on any aspect of the draft are welcome. However, members of the cord blood community are strongly encouraged to specifically review and provide comment on three significant changes proposed in the draft Seventh Edition:
- ISBT 128 and Eurocode Coding and Labeling (B6.1.2, Appendix II)
- Supplies and Reagents of the Appropriate Grade (B8.4.1)
- Viability of CD45 Testing and Specification Requirements (Appendix IV, Appendix V)
Comments regarding the draft Seventh Edition NetCord-FACT Cord Blood Standards can be submitted by accessing the Comment Form.
Comments will be accepted through April 1, 2019.
For questions or assistance, please contact Andra Moehring.