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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.

ISBT 128 Audit Tool for Cellular Therapy Provides Additional Resource for Verifying Labels

Posted in :: 2018 Volume 2 :: Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

It has been a long time coming, but now it is official. Full implementation of ISBT 128 coding and labeling is required of cellular therapy programs.

ICCBBA released an ISBT 128 compliance audit tool for use with cellular therapy products. The tool provides a means of determining compliance with the ISBT 128 Standard, and can be used by any cellular therapy facility around the world. It includes both interactive and printable audit checklists. FACT recommends use of this tool to verify correct implementation of ISBT 128 and to verify ongoing compliance. It may also be useful as an educational reference.

It is important to note that the tool does not take into consideration requirements from national regulatory bodies and may not cover all labeling requirements of cellular therapy accreditation bodies. Additionally, the tool does not ensure that proper Product Codes have been selected. Rather, it verifies correct placement and format of complete information.

Although ICCBBA has made validation tools available in the past, this is the first time an audit tool has been released. Input was received from industry experts and the international Cellular Therapy Coding and Labeling Advisory Group that is co-sponsored by ICCBBA, AABB, FACT, ISCT, and others. An instructional video is available on the ICCBBA website at www.iccbba.org.