The sixth edition NetCord-FACT International Standards for Cord Blood Collection, Banking, and Release for Administration is scheduled for publication on July 1, 2016 and will become effective after a 90-day transition period. Accredited Cord Blood Banks (CBBs) must comply with the new requirements by that time.
CBBs that wish to be inspected under the fifth edition must submit a completed Compliance Application before the sixth edition is published, or through June 30, 2016. Fifth edition inspections will only be scheduled through September 28, 2016. FACT Accreditation Coordinators will be in contact with CBBs that will be actively working on the accreditation process during this transition period to assist with planning and scheduling.
We understand the effort involved to transition to new Standards and thank all accredited CBBs in advance for their hard work. Resources will be published with the sixth edition, including the NetCord-FACT Cord Blood Accreditation Manual, a list of significant changes, a self-assessment tool, and crosswalks between the fifth and sixth editions.