By: Andra Moehring, MHA, FACT Standards Development Manager
The Seventh Edition NetCord-FACT International Cord Blood Standards for Collection, Banking, and Release for Administration will be published on October 15, 2019 and will become effective on January 15, 2020.
Programs currently pursuing renewal or initial accreditation under the Sixth Edition Standards must remain mindful of these dates and ensure timely submission of pre-inspection materials and completion of the inspection. All cord blood banks obtaining accreditation under the Sixth Edition Standards must submit Compliance Applications and associated documents by October 15, 2019, and be inspected by January 15, 2020.
After October 15, 2019, materials for the Seventh Edition Standards will be available. The FACT Accreditation Services department has contacted accredited and applicant cord blood banks who will begin the accreditation process at the time of publication to discuss the transition. We understand the effort required to complete the accreditation process and will be ready to assist banks with timely submission of the Compliance Application in accordance with the new edition.
If you have additional questions, please contact your FACT Accreditation Coordinator.
As FACT is preparing for the Seventh Edition Standards, we are here to help you do the same! The following upcoming events will provide information regarding changes made and how to comply:
Thursday, September 12, 2019: Significant Changes to the Seventh Edition NetCord-FACT Cord Blood Standards presentation at the WMDA-NetCord & FACT Cord Blood Day at the Cord Blood Connect International Congress.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019: Significant Changes to the Seventh Edition NetCord-FACT Cord Blood Standards webinar. Paul Eldridge, PhD, Director of Cell GMP Facility at UNC Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program, will describe significant changes to the Seventh Edition NetCord-FACT Cord Blood Standards and provide examples for effective implementation.