Just the FACTs, 2020 Volume 2

Posted in :: 2020 Volume 2 :: Monday, March 16th, 2020

It was great to see many of you at the TCT meetings in Orlando (I didn’t pack a warm enough jacket!) where the solid emergence of cell therapies was in constant evidence. The Quality Boot Camp was another smashing success, as were the applicant and inspector training courses at the FACT Inspection & Accreditation Workshop, and the cellular therapy leadership courses. I had an opportunity to make a presentation on FACT Immune Effector Cell Accreditation to the administrative track, which evoked many questions, some showing the importance of educating our administrative colleagues in the importance of coordinated, comprehensive, quality-driven care to optimize outcomes for our patients and the role community-driven accreditation plays. We had a chance to express our thanks to Mark Litzow for his many years of service on the FACT Board of Directors and as the first FACT Technology Committee chair. You are already missed, Mark! Travel restrictions and meeting cancellations are coming at a rapid pace and paper goods are flying off the shelves as COVID19 cases increase. Our patients would be among the greatest affected—if you are ill take care of yourself and stay home for their sake.

Hand wave from greater than 6 feet—see you soon.

Dennis Gastineau, MD

 

 

 

FACT President

 


FACT Events at the 2020 TCT Meetings Were a Success!

Posted in :: 2020 Volume 2 :: Monday, March 16th, 2020

FACT hosted several popular events at the 2020 TCT | Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASTCT and CIBMTR in Orlando, Florida. On February 18, the FACT Cellular Therapy Inspection and Accreditation Workshop brought together 155 attendees. The workshop included two tracks: Applicant training and inspector training. The applicant track described the accreditation process from application to accreditation.  Applicants were given a short overview on how to navigate the accreditation application in the Accreditation Portal, and evaluated documentation to ensure compliance.  In addition, applicants learned how to organize the on-site inspection process, structure a program tour, evaluate deficiencies, and maintain accreditation readiness.

The inspector training track was required for all inspector trainees. This track was designed to guide the trainee through the inspection experience: from accepting an inspection assignment, through submitting the inspection report, and participating in the Accreditation Committee review. Each trainee received an inspection checklist accompanied by applicable inspection documents. Trainees were instructed on the duties of the inspector prior to the inspection and how to navigate an application using the Accreditation Portal.  Also, trainees developed a plan for review of documents submitted in advance of the on-site inspection, evaluated documents to determine compliance, used an inspection checklist, and prepared for all duties post-inspection.

Also on February 18, FACT hosted two Cellular Therapy Leadership Courses for over 30 people who have, or aspire to, a leadership position in cell therapy. Attendees of the Cellular Leadership 101 course learned a variety of leadership strategies including:
• The leader as coach
• Differences between managing and leading
• Basic styles of leadership and how to recognize your own style
• When each style of leadership may be appropriate
• Chairing and participating in effective meetings
• Delegation skills
• How to build consensus
• Ways to motivate, ignite, inspire, transform and engage teams

Participants who participated in the Advanced Cellular Therapy Leadership Course dug deeper into leadership skills and organizational health, and examined the following topics:

  • Characteristics of a healthy organization
  • Adapting an organization to a changing environment
  • Leading from where you are
  • Multiplying and diminishing team effectiveness
  • Servant leadership
  • How to be change agent
  • Effective governance boards
  • Legal liability and fiduciary responsibilities in decision-making
  • Strategic planning with a focus on outcomes

On February 19, FACT teamed up with ASTCT to host the 5th annual Quality Boot Camp, setting record breaking attendance with over 160 participants.   The day featured many interactive sessions, including how to assess the effectiveness of your Quality Management Program, practicing interview techniques when performing an audit, and identifying the difference between a verification, qualification, audit, and validation.  Attendees were engaged throughout the day, asking questions and participating in productive discussions.  One attendee commented, “the speakers made the presentations relative to actual practice – not just definitions on slides.  Overall, the boot camp made my trip to Orlando worthwhile and offered more learning opportunities…”

On February 20, FACT hosted a Mingle and Mimosas Networking Event for Inspectors to show our appreciation and toast our essential volunteers for their continued dedication and time devoted to FACT.

Special invitations were extended to all international delegates attending the TCT Meetings for a wine and cheese reception on February 20. Members of the FACT Global Affairs Committee presented information about the international accreditation program featuring a stepwise certification approach in Latin America, the new joint FACT-SBTMO Accreditation Program in Brazil, and efforts to provide guidance to transplant centers in India. This program was developed to assist transplant centers in emerging economies who may require additional assistance and education in developing quality systems and adhering to global accreditation requirements.

In addition to these events, FACT welcomed visitors to its exhibit booth and invited meeting participants to the booth to meet the leaders of Accreditation Services and have accreditation and standards questions answered.

All events were successful and FACT looks forward to the 2021 Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Meetings in Hawaii!


Develop Essential Leadership Skills with FACT Courses at the 2020 TCT Meetings

Posted in :: 2020 Volume 1 :: Monday, January 27th, 2020

Everyone wins when a leader gets better.  Join FACT for Cellular Therapy Leadership Courses 101 and 201 on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at the Orlando World Center Marriott from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.  Cellular Therapy Leadership 101 is a half-day course open to anyone who has (or aspires to) a leadership position. Whether you direct a transplant center or laboratory, lead a cell collection service or cord blood bank, head a staff of nurses or transplant coordinators, hold an office or board position in a volunteer organization, chair a committee, or have any position in which you are expected to motivate and lead a team, this workshop is for you!

If you completed the Cell Therapy Leadership 101 course in a previous year and want more, the 201 course is for you. This advanced course is offered on February 18, 2020, from 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm and drills deeper into leadership skills and organizational health.

Register for the FACT Leadership 101 course
Register for the FACT Advanced Leadership 201 course


FACT Exhibit Booth at TCT: Meet and Greet with Accreditation Services Leaders!

Posted in :: 2020 Volume 1 :: Monday, January 27th, 2020

FACT invites you to visit exhibit booth 733 to meet the leaders of Accreditation Services and have your accreditation and standards questions answered!

On Thursday, February 20, FACT Accreditation Supervisor, Sarah Litel-Smith, will be available at the FACT exhibit booth from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

 

On Friday, February 21, FACT Accreditation Manager, Suzanne Birnley, will be available from 7:00 am – 9:00 am.

 

 

 


FACT Inspectors Invited to Attend Mingle and Mimosas Networking Event at TCT

Posted in :: 2020 Volume 1 :: Monday, January 27th, 2020

Thursday, February 20, 2020
7:00 am – 8:30 am

FACT invites its inspectors to mingle with colleagues while enjoying a continental breakfast and morning mimosa! We want to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers for their continued dedication and time devoted to FACT.  We hope you can join us for a morning toast to you!

Please RSVP to Jay Ann Witt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


FACT Education Events

Posted in :: 2020 Volume 1 :: Monday, January 27th, 2020

We invite you to join us for upcoming FACT events at the 2020 TCT Meetings!

FACT Cellular Therapy Inspection & Accreditation Workshop
February 18, 2020
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

This training workshop is designed to explain the FACT accreditation requirements. FACT representatives will clarify the intent of the FACT-JACIE Standards and assist programs in organizing and preparing for the accreditation process. In addition, individuals interested in becoming a FACT inspector are encouraged to attend inspector training.

The workshop includes two tracks: Applicant training and inspector training. The applicant track will begin with an overview of the FACT accreditation process and continue with hands-on activities to guide the applicant through the accreditation process.

The inspector training track is required for all inspector trainees. In order to attend this track, you must be pre-approved as an inspector trainee. This track is designed to guide the trainee through the inspection experience; from accepting an inspection assignment, through submitting the inspection report, and participating in the Accreditation Committee review. Each trainee will receive an inspection checklist accompanied by applicable inspection documents.

Interested in becoming a FACT Inspector? Apply to train as an inspector. If eligible, trainees attend free of charge!

Register for the FACT workshop

FACT-ASTCT Cellular Therapy Quality Boot Camp
February 19, 2020
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join us for a day focused on core quality concepts. The sessions will include quality processes programs have implemented and incorporating Immune Effector Cells into all parts of your quality program. A self-assessment will be distributed prior to the TCT Meeting to review key features of your quality program and identify ongoing challenges. Complete the self-assessment, join the roundtable discussions, participate in the activities, and leverage QA experts for ideas on how to take your program’s quality program to the next level.

Register for the FACT-ASTCT Quality Boot Camp

FACT Global Affairs: International Delegates of the TCT Meetings Invited to Attend Special Session
February 20, 2020
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) would like to invite international delegates to a special session during the 2020 TCT | Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASTCT & CIBMTR to be held in Orlando, FL at the Orlando World Center Marriott on Thursday, February 20, 2020, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Join us for a wine and cheese reception where members of the FACT Global Affairs Committee will provide information about the international accreditation program featuring a stepwise certification approach in Latin America, the new joint FACT-SBTMO Accreditation Program in Brazil, and efforts to provide guidance to transplant centers in India. This program was developed to assist transplant centers in emerging economies who may require additional assistance and education in developing quality systems and adhering to global accreditation requirements.

Register for the FACT Global Affairs session


FACT Cord Blood Inspection & Accreditation Workshop
May 26, 2020
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

This training workshop is designed to explain the FACT accreditation requirements. FACT representatives will clarify the intent of the NetCord-FACT Standards and assist programs in organizing and preparing for the accreditation process. In addition, individuals interested in becoming a FACT inspector are encouraged to attend inspector training.

The workshop includes two tracks: Applicant training and inspector training. The applicant track will begin with an overview of the FACT accreditation process and continue with hands-on activities to guide the applicant through the accreditation process.

The inspector training track is required for all inspector trainees. In order to attend this track, you must be pre-approved as an inspector trainee. This track is designed to guide the trainee through the inspection experience; from accepting an inspection assignment, through submitting the inspection report, and participating in the Accreditation Committee review. Each trainee will receive an inspection checklist accompanied by applicable inspection documents.

Interested in becoming a FACT Inspector? Apply to train as an inspector. If eligible, trainees attend free of charge!

Register for the FACT workshop

FACT Cord Blood Inspection & Accreditation Workshop
September 9, 2020
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

This training workshop is designed to explain the requirements for FACT accreditation of cord blood banks. FACT representatives will clarify the intent of the NetCord-FACT Standards, provide inspectors tips for conducting inspections, and assist programs in organizing and preparing for the accreditation process.

The workshop includes an applicant and inspector training track. The applicant track will begin with an overview of the FACT accreditation process and continue with hands-on activities to guide the applicant through the accreditation process.

The inspector training track is required for all inspector trainees. This track is designed to walk the trainee through the entire inspection experience; from the moment the inspector accepts an inspection assignment through submitting the inspection report. Each trainee will receive their own checklist accompanied by applicable inspection documents. In order to attend this track, you must be pre-approved as an inspector trainee. Inspector trainees have required assignments to complete before attending the workshop.

Apply to train as a FACT inspector. If approved, you can attend the workshop FREE of charge!

This is an excellent opportunity to network with the cord blood community and learn from experts in cord blood banking. We encourage banks to send multiple personnel to be able to attend both the applicant and inspector training track!


FACT Education Events

Posted in :: 2019 Volume 10 :: Thursday, October 31st, 2019

FACT – Héma-Québec – Liège Cord Blood Bank Cord Blood Webinar in Support of World Cord Blood Day
November 14, 2019
10:00 am ET, 15:00 GMT, 16:00 CET

In anticipation of World Cord Blood Day, FACT, along with Héma-Québec and Liège Cord Blood Bank, invites you to attend a special Cord Blood webinar on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 10:00 am ET, 15:00 GMT, and 16:00 CET. The purpose of this webinar is to better understand immunogenetic diversity in registries and cord blood banks, as well as cord blood transplantation and emerging pathogens. This webinar is free of charge and will be presented in French. Slides will be available in both English and French. Topics include:

• Immunogenetic Diversity in Registries and Cord Blood Banks: Dr. Eliane Gluckman
• Cord Blood Transplantation and Emerging Pathogens: Is there reason for concern? Dr. Gilles Delage
• Personal experience from a cord blood recipient

FACT also encourages you to join the Save the Cord Foundation on November 15 for a free live virtual conference. The program will include introductory presentations for the public and academic lectures led by renowned researchers and transplant physicians on the latest advances and treatments using cord blood.

Instructions for joining the FACT Webinar on November 14:
1. Log into webinar:
https://factwebsite.webex.com/factwebsite/onstage/g.php?MTID=eda55e6eaf311dc8ea9de4e66281dde89
2. Enter your name and email. Click “Join Now.”
3. If requested, enter the event number: 666 195 982
4. Adjust computer audio to desired volume.
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French Translation

En préparation de la Journée Mondiale du Sang de Cordon Ombilical, nous vous invitons à participer à un séminaire en ligne spécial qui aura lieu jeudi le 14 Novembre 2019 à 10:00 HNE, 15:00 GMT, and 16:00 CET. L’objectif de ce séminaire est de mieux comprendre la diversité immunogénétique dans les registres et les banques de sang de cordon, ainsi que les agents pathogènes émergents dans le cadre de transplantation. Ce séminaire est gratuit et sera présenté en Français. Les diapositives seront disponibles en français et en anglais.
Liste des sujets:

• Diversité immunogénétique dans les registres et banques de sang de cordon: Dr. Eliane Gluckman
• Transplantation de sang de cordon et pathogènes émergents: est-ce un sujet d’inquiétude? Dr. Gilles Delage
• Expérience personnelle du receveur d’une greffe de sang de cordon.

FACT vous encourage également à vous joindre à la Fondation Save the Cord le 15 Novembre pour une conférence virtuelle gratuite. Le programme comprendra des présentations pour le grand public ainsi que des présentations académiques par des chercheurs et des médecins transplanteurs réputés sur les récentes avancées et thérapies utilisant le sang de cordon ombilical.

1. Se connecter au séminaire:
https://factwebsite.webex.com/factwebsite/onstage/g.php?MTID=eda55e6eaf311dc8ea9de4e66281dde89
2. Saisir votre nom et adresse email. Cliquer “Join Now.”
3. si demandé, entrer le numéro de l’événement: 666 195 982
4. Ajuster le volume de votre ordinateur au niveau désiré.

FACT Cellular Therapy Inspection & Accreditation Workshop
February 18, 2020
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

We invite you to join us for upcoming FACT events at the 2020 TCT Meetings!

This training workshop is designed to explain the requirements for FACT accreditation of cellular therapy programs. FACT representatives will clarify the intent of the FACT-JACIE Standards, provide inspectors tips for conducting inspections, and assist programs in organizing and preparing for the accreditation process.

The workshop includes an applicant and inspector training track. The applicant track will begin with an overview of the FACT accreditation process and continue with hands-on activities to guide the applicant through the accreditation process.

The inspector training track is required for all inspector trainees. This track is designed to walk the trainee through the entire inspection experience; from the moment the inspector accepts an inspection assignment through submitting the inspection report. Each trainee will receive their own checklist accompanied by applicable inspection documents. In order to attend this track, you must be pre-approved as an inspector trainee. Inspector trainees have required assignments to complete before attending the workshop.

Register for the FACT workshop

FACT Cellular Therapy Leadership Course 101 at TCT Meetings
February 18, 2020
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Do you want to improve your leadership skills? Everyone wins when leaders get better. This half-day course is designed to help you recognize your leadership skills and acquire new ones that effectively encourage innovation, achieve consensus, build momentum, turn ideas into reality, eliminate distractions and guide a team toward goals.

Register for the FACT Leadership 101 course

FACT Cellular Therapy Advanced Leadership Course 201 at TCT Meetings
February 18, 2020
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

If you completed FACT’s Cellular Therapy Leadership 101 course and want more, the 201 course is for you.

This advanced workshop drills deeper into organizational development and leadership skills. Participants in the prerequisite Cellular Therapy Leadership 101 course in the morning, or if attended in a previous year, are eligible to register for the 201 course in the afternoon.

Register for the FACT Advanced Leadership 201 course

FACT-ASTCT Cellular Therapy Quality Boot Camp
February 19, 2020
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join us for the FACT-ASBMT Quality Boot Camp at the 2020 TCT | Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASBMT and CIBMTR on February 19 in Orlando, FL.

Focused on issues identified by FACT compliant transplant programs, sessions will include activities and discussion designed to strengthen your quality assurance processes. Come prepared with your quality program questions and leverage QA experts to apply continuous improvement to your own institution.

Register for the FACT-ASTCT Quality Boot Camp

FACT Global Affairs: International Delegates of the TCT Meetings Invited to Attend Special Session
February 20, 2020
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) would like to invite international delegates to a special session during the 2020 TCT | Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASBMT & CIBMTR to be held in Orlando, FL at the Orlando World Center Marriott on Thursday, February 20, 2020, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Join us for a wine and cheese reception where members of the FACT Global Affairs Committee will provide information about the international accreditation program featuring a stepwise certification approach. This program was developed to assist transplant centers in emerging economies who may require additional assistance and education in developing quality systems and adhering to global accreditation requirements.

Register for the FACT Global Affairs session

FACT Cord Blood Inspection & Accreditation Workshop
May 26, 2020
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

This training workshop is designed to explain the requirements for FACT accreditation of cord blood banks. FACT representatives will clarify the intent of the NetCord-FACT Standards, provide inspectors tips for conducting inspections, and assist programs in organizing and preparing for the accreditation process.

The workshop includes an applicant and inspector training track. The applicant track will begin with an overview of the FACT accreditation process and continue with hands-on activities to guide the applicant through the accreditation process.

The inspector training track is required for all inspector trainees. This track is designed to walk the trainee through the entire inspection experience; from the moment the inspector accepts an inspection assignment through submitting the inspection report. Each trainee will receive their own checklist accompanied by applicable inspection documents. In order to attend this track, you must be pre-approved as an inspector trainee. Inspector trainees have required assignments to complete before attending the workshop.

Apply to train as a FACT inspector.  If approved, you can attend the workshop FREE of charge!

Register for the FACT workshop


FACT Education Events

Posted in :: 2019 Volume 9 :: Thursday, September 26th, 2019

ASGCT-ASTCT-FACT Webinar: Centers’ Experience with Implementing Commercial CAR T-cell Products – Part 2
October 9, 2019
Webinar

The second webinar in this two-part series will be on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11:00 am ET. Part two includes information from Dr. Joseph Alvarnas from City of Hope. Dr. Alvarnas will give his perspective as a hospital administrator in regard to the following:

  • Agreements with Manufacturers
  • Reimbursement

View meeting details and register

Significant Changes to the Seventh Edition NetCord-FACT Cord Blood Standards
October 23, 2019
Webinar

This presentation will be on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at 11:00 am ET. Paul Eldridge, PhD, FACT Standards Development Chair, will describe significant changes to the Seventh Edition NetCord-FACT Cord Blood Standards, and provide examples for effective implementation.

View meeting details and register

FACT Cellular Therapy Inspection & Accreditation Workshop
February 18, 2020
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

We invite you to join us for upcoming FACT events at the 2020 TCT Meetings!

FACT will conduct a Cellular Therapy Inspection & Accreditation workshop on February 18, 2019, at the World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida. This workshop will provide an immersive experience for personnel preparing for the accreditation process and a full day training session for FACT inspector trainees.

Register for the FACT workshop

FACT Cellular Therapy Leadership Course 101 at TCT Meetings
February 18, 2020
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Do you want to improve your leadership skills? Everyone wins when leaders get better. This half-day course is designed to help you recognize your leadership skills and acquire new ones that effectively encourage innovation, achieve consensus, build momentum, turn ideas into reality, eliminate distractions and guide a team toward goals.

Register for the FACT Leadership 101 course

FACT Cellular Therapy Advanced Leadership Course 201 at TCT Meetings
February 18, 2020
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

If you completed FACT’s Cellular Therapy Leadership 101 course and want more, the 201 course is for you.

This advanced workshop drills deeper into organizational development and leadership skills. Participants in the prerequisite Cellular Therapy Leadership 101 course in the morning, or if attended in a previous year, are eligible to register for the 201 course in the afternoon.

Register for the FACT Advanced Leadership 201 course

FACT-ASTCT Cellular Therapy Quality Boot Camp
February 19, 2020
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join us for the FACT-ASBMT Quality Boot Camp at the 2020 TCT | Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASBMT and CIBMTR on February 19 in Orlando, FL.

Focused on issues identified by FACT compliant transplant programs, sessions will include activities and discussion designed to strengthen your quality assurance processes. Come prepared with your quality program questions and leverage QA experts to apply continuous improvement to your own institution.

Register for the FACT-ASTCT Quality Boot Camp

FACT Global Affairs: International Delegates of the TCT Meetings Invited to Attend Special Session
February 20, 2020
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) would like to invite international delegates to a special session during the 2020 TCT | Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASBMT & CIBMTR to be held in Orlando, FL at the Orlando World Center Marriott on Thursday, February 20, 2020, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Join us for a wine and cheese reception where members of the FACT Global Affairs Committee will provide information about the international accreditation program featuring a stepwise certification approach. This program was developed to assist transplant centers in emerging economies who may require additional assistance and education in developing quality systems and adhering to global accreditation requirements.

Register for the FACT Global Affairs session


FACT Events at the 2019 TCT Meetings Were a Success

Posted in :: 2019 Volume 3 :: Thursday, March 14th, 2019

FACT hosted several popular events at the 2019 TCT | Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASBMT and CIBMTR in Houston, Texas. Over 150 people joined FACT on February 19 for the Cellular Therapy Inspection and Accreditation Workshop, which included topics such as building quality into clinical immune effector cell programs, risk evaluation and mitigation strategies, using the Tracer Methodology to assess compliance with standards, common citations, reviewing clinical outcomes, and improving data management through follow-up. Also on February 19, FACT hosted two cellular therapy leadership courses for anyone who has, or aspires to, a leadership position in cell therapy.

On February 20, FACT teamed up with ASBMT to host the 4th annual Quality Boot Camp.  Over 130 people participated in the boot camp. This year’s agenda focused on topics such as dashboards and scorecards, record retention, risk assessment, integrating IECs into your HCT program, and evaluating the quality of your program through auditing. Quality experts presented core concepts, led roundtables, and answered questions to help others reach their quality management goals.

Special invitations were extended to all international delegates attending the TCT Meetings for a wine and cheese reception on February 21. The FACT Global Affairs: International Accreditation session provided attendees information about the international accreditation program featuring a stepwise certification approach. The new program was developed to assist transplant centers in emerging economies who may require additional assistance and education in developing quality systems and adhering to global accreditation requirements.

On February 21, in the session titled, Quality in HCT: Center-Specific Outcomes, Dr. Dennis Gastineau, FACT President and member of the FACT Clinical Outcomes Improvement Committee, shared guidelines for corrective action plans, and trends noted in the plans reviewed, including causes of death, challenges in root cause analysis, and ideas for improving one-year survival.

On February 22, FACT hosted a social hour for all FACT inspectors and inspector trainees in honor of their dedication and service provided to the cell therapy community. FACT relies on volunteer inspectors and appreciates their superior service, time, and expertise.

In addition to these events, FACT welcomed visitors to its exhibit booth to provide information about accreditation and educational activities.

All events were successful and FACT looks forward to the 2020 Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Meetings in Orlando, Florida!

FACT welcomed 150 attendees to the Cellular Therapy Inspection and Accreditation Workshop at the 2019 TCT Meetings.


FACT Inspectors are Invited to Social Hour during TCT Meetings

Posted in :: 2019 Volume 2 :: Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

In honor of their dedication and service provided to the cell therapy community, FACT Inspectors are cordially invited to attend the FACT Inspector Social Hour on Friday, February 22, 2019 at the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel, Room 335B from 5 pm – 6 pm. Light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be provided.


Upcoming Educational Events

Posted in :: 2019 Volume 2 :: Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

FACT Events at the 2019 Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASBMT and CIBMTR

Cellular Therapy Inspection & Accreditation Workshop
February 19, 2019
Houston, Texas

The blood and marrow transplantation field has been a leader in voluntarily improving quality through FACT accreditation. Clinical programs are currently adapting to immune effector cellular therapy accreditation requirements and changes in the FACT-JACIE Seventh Edition Hematopoietic Cellular Therapy Standards. This workshop will address important topics in the cellular therapy field including:

• Overview of FACT Accreditation Processes
• Common Citations Overview
• Integration of Immune Effector Cells into Accreditation
• Using the Tracer Methodology to Assess Compliance with FACT Standards
• Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS)
• How to prepare for and conduct inspections
• Data Management
• Clinical Outcomes

The workshop includes two tracks: New Inspector Training and General Sessions for active inspectors, applicants, and accredited programs. The Inspector Training track includes sessions on pre-inspection review, the ins and outs of performing an on-site inspection, how to conduct an exit interview, and how to prepare an inspection report. The General Sessions will review commonly cited deficiencies in the areas of quality management, personnel, and donor selection, evaluation, and management. This track also includes sessions on how to use the Tracer Methodology to assess compliance with FACT Standards and risk evaluation and mitigation strategies. Sessions are accompanied by exercises and group discussions to apply lecture concepts to real-world experiences.

Note: Inspector trainees are required to attend the New Inspector Training Track.

Register for the FACT workshop

Cellular Therapy Leadership Course at TCT Meetings – 101
February 20, 2019
Houston, TX 

Do you want to improve your leadership skills? Everyone wins when leaders get better, and this half-day course is designed for that outcome. The course is open to anyone who has (or aspires to) a leadership position in cell therapy – whether you direct a transplant center or laboratory, lead a cell collection service or cord blood bank, head a staff of nurses or transplant coordinators, hold an office or board position in a volunteer organization, chair a committee, or have any position in which you are expected to motivate and lead a team.

View meeting details and register

Cellular Therapy Advanced Leadership Course at TCT Meetings – 201
February 20, 2019
Houston, TX 

If you completed FACT’s Cell Therapy Leadership 101 course in a previous year and want more, the 201 course is for you.

This advanced workshop drills deeper into organizational development and leadership skills. Participants in the prerequisite Cell Therapy Leadership 101 course in the morning also are eligible to register for the 201 course in the afternoon.

View meeting details and register online
View workshop agenda

FACT-ASBMT Quality Boot Camp
February 20, 2019
Houston, Texas

Join us for the FACT-ASBMT Quality Boot Camp at the 2019 TCT | Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASBMT and CIBMTR on February 20 in Houston, TX.

This year’s boot camp will focus on core quality concepts and quality processes programs have implemented. Members of the FACT Quality Committee and the ASBMT Administrative Directors SIG Quality Working Group will distribute a self-assessment prior to the TCT Meetings to review key features of your quality program and identify ongoing challenges.  Strengthen your quality assurance processes by completing the self-assessment, attending the in-person workshop, and joining the roundtable discussions.

View meeting details and register
View Quality Boot Camp agenda

FACT Global Affairs: International Delegates of the TCT Meetings Invited to Attend Special Session
February 21, 2019
Houston, TX

The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) invites international delegates to a special session during the 2019 TCT | Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASBMT & CIBMTR to be held in Houston, Texas at the Hilton Americas, room 335C on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

View meeting details and register

FACT Inspectors are Invited to Social Hour during TCT Meetings

In honor of their dedication and service provided to the cell therapy community, FACT Inspectors are cordially invited to attend the FACT Inspector Social Hour on Friday, February 22, 2019 at the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel, Room 335B from 5 pm – 6 pm. Light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be provided.

Visit FACT at Exhibit Booth 2254!

During the 2019 TCT Meetings, FACT invites you to visit us at exhibit booth #2254! FACT staff will be available to answer your questions about standards, accreditation services, inspections, and FACT consulting.

Whether you are a new inspector or a long-time friend, please stop by and say hello. We would enjoy the opportunity to thank our committee members and inspectors in person for their hard work and dedication.

2019 TCT Exhibit Booth Hours:

Wednesday, February 20

7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 21

7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Friday, February 22

7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 23

7:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

QM Series 9: Auditing: Summarizing and Evaluating the Data
March 6, 2019
Webinar

This webinar will be on March 6, 2019, at 11:00 am ET. Ed Brindle MSc, MLT, BMT Quality Manager at UHN Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, will discuss writing the audit report, determining WHY the errors occurred, and assigning appropriate corrective action and preventive action. This is the second webinar in the QM Series 9: Audits.

Register online

FACT Cellular Therapy Collection Workshop at 2019 Annual ASFA Meeting
May 15, 2019
Portland, Oregon

Join FACT on Wednesday, May 15, at the Hilton Portland Downtown in Portland, OR, for a workshop designed to explain the requirements for FACT accreditation of cellular therapy programs, with special emphasis on apheresis collection facilities.

FACT representatives will be in attendance to discuss cellular therapy collection challenges, provide examples on how to maintain quality when faced with different collection protocols, and present a common citations overview. This workshop also includes inspector trainee sessions on how to perform a FACT inspection from start to finish.

View meeting details and register

FACT Cellular Therapy & Cord Blood Inspection at Accreditation Workshop at the 2019 Annual ISCT Meeting
May 28, 2019
Melbourne, Australia

This workshop will provide well-rounded information on the process of accreditation, requirements in the FACT Standards, and how immune effector cellular therapy fits within the realms of cellular therapy and cord blood banking. This event is a must-see opportunity for the following audiences.

  • Blood and marrow transplant (BMT) programs
  • Cord blood banks
  • Cell processing laboratories
  • Physicians, scientists, and principal investigators
  • Unit supervisors, laboratory managers, administrators, nurses, and medical technologists
  • Quality managers

Separate tracks will be available for cellular therapy programs and cord blood banks, followed by training specific to inspector trainees.

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ISCT-FACT Quality Boot Camp at 2019 ISCT Annual Meeting Pre-Conference Day
May 29, 2019
Melbourne, Australia

Is your cell processing facility FACT accredited or looking to comply to FACT standards? Strengthen your quality assurance program through this interactive workshop with FACT experts and real world applications.

Focused on issues identified by FACT-compliant transplant programs, these sessions will include activities and discussion in four main topic areas. Come prepared with your quality program questions and leverage quality experts to identify process improvement opportunities you can apply at your organization.

View information and register for ISCT pre-conference day

FACT Cellular Therapy Inspection and Accreditation Workshop at CBMTG Annual Meeting
June 5, 2019
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The blood and marrow transplantation field has been a leader in voluntarily improving quality through FACT accreditation. This workshop will address important topics in the cellular therapy field including:

o Overview of FACT Accreditation Processes
o Common Citations Overview
o Integration of Immune Effector Cells into Accreditation
o Using the Tracer Methodology to Assess Compliance with FACT Standards
o Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS)
o How to Prepare for and Conduct Inspections
o Data Management
o Clinical Outcomes

The workshop includes two tracks: New Inspector Training and General Sessions for active inspectors, applicants, and accredited programs. The Inspector Training track includes sessions on pre-inspection review, the ins and outs of performing an on-site inspection, how to conduct an exit interview, and how to prepare an inspection report. The General Sessions will review commonly cited deficiencies. This track also includes sessions on how to use the Tracer Methodology to assess compliance with FACT Standards and risk evaluation and mitigation strategies. Sessions are accompanied by exercises and group discussions to apply lecture concepts to real-world experiences.
Note: Inspector trainees are required to attend the New Inspector Training Track.

View meeting details and register online

WMDA-NetCord & FACT Cord Blood Day at 2019 Cord Blood Connect International Congress
September 12, 2019
Miami, FL

Join your cord blood colleagues for a day of presentations from renowned cord blood experts at the 2019 WMDA-NetCord & FACT Cord Blood Day! The event will be held in Miami, Florida on September 12, 2019, in conjunction with the Cord Blood Connect International Congress.

The WMDA-NetCord & FACT Cord Blood Day will highlight recent advances in cord blood transplantation and include global perspectives of cord blood transplants, common FACT-NetCord inspection citations, and more. The afternoon consists of two breakout sessions: a FACT inspector training track and a WMDA-NetCord & FACT cord blood quality boot camp track. We encourage banks to send multiple personnel to attend the various tracks as well as enlist a member to become a FACT inspector.

This is an excellent opportunity to network with the cord blood community and learn from experts in cord blood banking. Registration fees are waived for FACT active and trainee inspectors. Apply to be a FACT inspector!

View meeting details and register online


FACT Global Affairs: International Delegates of the TCT Meetings Invited to Attend Special Session

Posted in :: 2019 Volume 1 :: Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

FACT International Accreditation

The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) would like to invite international delegates to a special session during the 2019 TCT | Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASBMT & CIBMTR to be held in Houston, Texas at the Hilton Americas, room 335C on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Join us for a wine and cheese reception where members of the FACT Global Affairs Committee will provide information about the international accreditation program featuring a stepwise certification approach. The new program was developed to assist transplant centers in emerging economies who may require additional assistance and education in developing quality systems and adhering to global accreditation requirements. Register to attend!


FACT-ASBMT Quality Boot Camp 2019

Posted in :: 2019 Volume 1 :: Wednesday, January 16th, 2019


The fourth annual FACT-ASBMT Quality Boot Camp, held in conjunction with the TCT | Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASBMT and CIBMTR, will be held on February 20, 2019.  Join the FACT Quality Management Committee and the ASBMT Administrative Directors SIG Quality group, and learn from your quality colleagues.  This year’s boot camp includes sessions on:

  • Developing a Dashboard: Program Status at a Glance
  • Performing a Risk Assessment in the Clinical Setting
  • Embracing Standardization to Create a Cohesive and Efficient System of Documentation
  • Vendor Qualification
  • Preparing for Immune Effector Cellular Therapy Accreditation
  • BMT After – Hours Call

A short self-assessment will be distributed in preparation for the boot camp to assess your needs and identify ongoing challenges.

View meeting details and register online
View the preliminary agenda


Upcoming Educational Events

Posted in :: 2019 Volume 1 :: Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Exceptional Release of Commercial Cellular Therapy Products
January 30, 2019
Webinar

Join FACT on January 30, 2019, at 11:00 am ET, 1600 GMT, for a webinar titled, Exceptional Release of Commercial Cellular Therapy Products. Autologous cellular therapy products can be irreplaceable, and exceptional release of nonconforming products may be necessary to the well-being of patients. FACT-accredited programs are increasingly using autologous products that are licensed by regulatory authorities, and sometimes these products do not meet specifications. In this webinar, presenters will discuss FACT requirements for exceptional release, and then share their centers’ processes for release of nonconforming commercial cellular therapy products in the United States.

Webinar presenters include:

Dr. Phyllis I. Warkentin, Chief Medical Officer of FACT
Dr. Premal Lulla, Baylor College of Medicine, Stem Cell Transplant Program, Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist Hospital
Dr. Elizabeth Shpall, MD Anderson Cord Blood Bank Medical Director, MD Anderson Cellular Therapy Transplant Program Director, and co-director of the MD Anderson CARTOX program.
Dr. Phillip McCarthy, of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center – Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program for Adult Inpatient, Outpatient, and Pediatric Outpatient Programs – John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital

Register online

Validation Principles and Protocols for Cellular Therapies
February 6, 2019
Webinar

Join FACT for a webinar, Validation Principles and Protocols for Cellular Therapies, on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at 11:00 am ET, 16:00 GMT. Dr. Tom Leemhuis, Laboratory Director at Hoxworth Blood Center University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center, will discuss the Validation Principles and Protocols for Cellular Therapies, and the FACT-JACIE Seventh Edition Standards requirements.

Register online

FACT Events at the 2019 Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASBMT and CIBMTR

Cellular Therapy Inspection & Accreditation Workshop
February 19, 2019
Houston, Texas

The blood and marrow transplantation field has been a leader in voluntarily improving quality through FACT accreditation. Clinical programs are currently adapting to immune effector cellular therapy accreditation requirements and changes in the FACT-JACIE Seventh Edition Hematopoietic Cellular Therapy Standards. This workshop will address important topics in the cellular therapy field including:

• Overview of FACT Accreditation Processes
• Common Citations Overview
• Integration of Immune Effector Cells into Accreditation
• Using the Tracer Methodology to Assess Compliance with FACT Standards
• Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS)
• How to prepare for and conduct inspections
• Data Management
• Clinical Outcomes

The workshop includes two tracks: New Inspector Training and General Sessions for active inspectors, applicants, and accredited programs. The Inspector Training track includes sessions on pre-inspection review, the ins and outs of performing an on-site inspection, how to conduct an exit interview, and how to prepare an inspection report. The General Sessions will review commonly cited deficiencies in the areas of quality management, personnel, and donor selection, evaluation, and management. This track also includes sessions on how to use the Tracer Methodology to assess compliance with FACT Standards and risk evaluation and mitigation strategies. Sessions are accompanied by exercises and group discussions to apply lecture concepts to real-world experiences.

Note: Inspector trainees are required to attend the New Inspector Training Track.

Register for the FACT workshop

Cellular Therapy Leadership Course at TCT Meetings – 101
February 20, 2019
Houston, TX 

Do you want to improve your leadership skills? Everyone wins when leaders get better, and this half-day course is designed for that outcome. The course is open to anyone who has (or aspires to) a leadership position in cell therapy – whether you direct a transplant center or laboratory, lead a cell collection service or cord blood bank, head a staff of nurses or transplant coordinators, hold an office or board position in a volunteer organization, chair a committee, or have any position in which you are expected to motivate and lead a team.

View meeting details and register

Cellular Therapy Advanced Leadership Course at TCT Meetings – 201
February 20, 2019
Houston, TX 

If you completed FACT’s Cell Therapy Leadership 101 course in a previous year and want more, the 201 course is for you.

This advanced workshop drills deeper into organizational development and leadership skills. Participants in the prerequisite Cell Therapy Leadership 101 course in the morning also are eligible to register for the 201 course in the afternoon.

View meeting details and register online

FACT-ASBMT Quality Boot Camp
February 20, 2019
Houston, Texas

Join us for the FACT-ASBMT Quality Boot Camp at the 2019 TCT | Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASBMT and CIBMTR on February 20 in Houston, TX.

This year’s boot camp will focus on core quality concepts and quality processes programs have implemented. Members of the FACT Quality Committee and the ASBMT Administrative Directors SIG Quality Working Group will distribute a self-assessment prior to the TCT Meetings to review key features of your quality program and identify ongoing challenges.  Strengthen your quality assurance processes by completing the self-assessment, attending the in-person workshop, and joining the roundtable discussions.

View meeting details and register
View preliminary agenda

FACT Global Affairs: International Delegates of the TCT Meetings Invited to Attend Special Session
February 21, 2019
Houston, TX

The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) would like to invite international delegates to a special session during the 2019 TCT | Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASBMT & CIBMTR to be held in Houston, Texas at the Hilton Americas, room 335C on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Join us for a wine and cheese reception where members of the FACT Global Affairs Committee will provide information about the international accreditation program featuring a stepwise certification approach. The new program was developed to assist transplant centers in emerging economies who may require additional assistance and education in developing quality systems and adhering to global accreditation requirements.

View meeting details and register

Visit FACT at Exhibit Booth 2254!

During the 2019 TCT Meetings, FACT invites you to visit us at exhibit booth #2254! FACT staff will be available to answer your questions about standards, accreditation services, inspections, and FACT consulting.

Whether you are a new inspector or a long-time friend, please stop by and say hello. We would enjoy the opportunity to thank our committee members and inspectors in person for their hard work and dedication.

2019 TCT Exhibit Booth Hours:

Wednesday, February 20

7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 21

7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Friday, February 22

7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 23

7:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

QM Series 9: Auditing: Summarizing and Evaluating the Data
March 6, 2019
Webinar

This webinar will be on March 6, 2019, at 11:00 am ET. Ed Brindle MSc, MLT, BMT Quality Manager at UHN Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, will discuss writing the audit report, determining WHY the errors occurred, and assigning appropriate corrective action and preventive action. This is the second webinar in the QM Series 9: Audits.

Register online


Upcoming Educational Events

Posted in :: 2018 Volume 4 :: Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Defining, Assessing, and Documenting Cord Blood Warming Events
November 29, 2018
Online

Anytime that the temperature is above -150° C should be considered a potential warming event. Because unit volumes are small and are frozen in bags with large surface areas, their thermal kinetics are greatly affected by their environment. Join Phillip Johnson MMedSc(Path), BAppSc(MedSc), Production Manager at Queensland Cord Blood Bank at the Mater, on November 29, 2018 at 3 pm ET, for a presentation regarding methods used to define, assess, and document cord blood warming events.

Register online

Requirements for Non-Fixed Cord Blood Collection Sites
December 5, 2018
Online

Join Dr. Linda Peltier of McGill University Health Centre Stem Cell Transplant Program, on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at 11:00 am ET, 16:00 GMT, for a webinar, FACT Requirements for Non-Fixed Cord Blood Collection Sites. Dr. Peltier will discuss the applicable FACT Standards for non-fixed sites including written agreements, supplies, transportation, training, and communication.

Register online

The Parts and Pieces of Validations and Qualifications
January 9, 2019
Online

Join FACT for a webinar on validations and qualifications on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 11:00 am ET, 16:00 GMT. Dr. Tom Leemhuis, Laboratory Director at Hoxworth Blood Center University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center, will discuss the essentials of validations and qualifications and the FACT-JACIE Seventh Edition Standards requirements.

Register online

FACT Events at the 2019 Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASBMT and CIBMTR

Cellular Therapy Inspection & Accreditation Workshop
February 19, 2019
Houston, Texas

The blood and marrow transplantation field has been a leader in voluntarily improving quality through FACT accreditation.  Clinical programs are currently adapting to immune effector cellular therapy accreditation requirements and changes in the FACT-JACIE Seventh Edition Hematopoietic Cellular Therapy Standards. This workshop will address important topics in the cellular therapy field including:

  • Overview of FACT Accreditation Processes
  • Common Citations Overview
  • Integration of Immune Effector Cells into Accreditation
  • Using the Tracer Methodology to Assess Compliance with FACT Standards
  • Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS)
  • How to prepare for and conduct inspections
  • Data Management
  • Clinical Outcomes

The workshop includes two tracks: New Inspector Training and General Sessions for active inspectors, applicants, and accredited programs. The Inspector Training track includes sessions on pre-inspection review, the ins and outs of performing an on-site inspection, how to conduct an exit interview, and how to prepare an inspection report. The General Sessions will review commonly cited deficiencies in the areas of quality management, personnel, and donor selection, evaluation, and management. This track also includes sessions on how to use the Tracer Methodology to assess compliance with FACT Standards and risk evaluation and mitigation strategies. Sessions are accompanied by exercises and group discussions to apply lecture concepts to real-world experiences.

Note: Inspector trainees are required to attend the New Inspector Training Track.

FACT-ASBMT Quality Boot Camp
February 20, 2019
Houston, Texas

Join us for the FACT-ASBMT Quality Boot Camp at the 2019 TCT | Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASBMT and CIBMTR on February 20 in Houston, TX.

This year’s boot camp will focus on core quality concepts and quality processes programs have implemented. Members of the FACT Quality Committee and the ASBMT Administrative Directors SIG Quality Working Group will distribute self-assessments in the months leading up to the TCT Meeting to review key features of your quality program and identify ongoing challenges.  Strengthen your quality assurance processes by completing the self-assessments, attending the in-person workshop, and joining the roundtable discussions.

Register for the FACT workshop (separate registration required)
Register for the FACT-ASBMT Quality Boot Camp (separate registration required)
Register for the TCT Meetings

 


Education Events

Posted in :: 2018 Volume 1 :: Thursday, February 15th, 2018

FACT Cellular Therapy Inspection & Accreditation Workshop
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Salt Lake City, UT

The blood and marrow transplant field has been a leader in voluntarily improving quality, and accredited Clinical Programs are currently adapting to several new FACT Standards and procedural changes to the accreditation process. This workshop will provide background on these changes. The morning workshop sessions include major topics such as how to effectively transition to the 7th Edition Hematopoietic Cellular Therapy Standards, CIBMTR data audits, clinical outcomes including center reported causes of low survival, and the accreditation of immune effector cellular therapy programs.

The afternoon session includes two different tracks: New Inspector Training Orientation and Common Citations. The Inspector Training track includes sessions on the FACT accreditation process, what documents to review before an inspection, the ins and outs of performing an onsite inspection, how to conduct an exit interview, and finally, how to make your case via the inspection report. The Common Citations track will review recent deficiencies and corrections related to commonly cited Standards in the areas of quality management, personnel, and donor information and consent to donate. Sessions are accompanied by exercises and group discussions to practically apply lecture concepts to real-world experiences.

Note: Inspector trainees are required to attend the New Inspector Training Orientation Track.

View meeting details and register online

Cellular Therapy Leadership Course at BMT Tandem – 101
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Salt Lake City, UT 

Do you want to improve your leadership skills? Everyone wins when leaders get better, and this half-day course is designed for that outcome.

In years past, participation in FACT’s leadership workshop has been by invitation. The course is open to anyone who has (or aspires to) a leadership position in cell therapy – whether you direct a transplant center or laboratory, lead a cell collection service or cord blood bank, head a staff of nurses or transplant coordinators, hold an office or board position in a volunteer organization, chair a committee, or have any position in which you are expected to motivate and lead a team

The highly interactive and participatory curriculum teaches leadership principles including:

• The leader as coach
• Differences between managing and leading
• Basic styles of leadership and how to recognize your own style
• When each style of leadership may be appropriate
• Running and participating in effective meetings
• How to build consensus
• Four proven ways to motivate people
• Effective delegation skills
• How to adapt to change, and even be a change agent
• Understanding and exercising governance roles and responsibilities

Woven throughout the leadership course is an overview of FACT’s organizational structure, purpose, challenges, current programs and accomplishments.

Whatever you lead, this course is designed to help you recognize your leadership skills and acquire new ones that effectively encourage innovation, achieve consensus, build momentum, turn ideas into reality, eliminate distractions and guide a team toward goals.

View meeting details and register online  

Cellular Therapy Advanced Leadership Course at BMT Tandem – 201
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 
Salt Lake City, UT

If you completed FACT’s Cell Therapy Leadership 101 course in a previous year and want more, the 201 course is for you.

This advanced workshop drills deeper into organizational development and leadership skills. Topics include:

• Characteristics of a healthy organization
• Adapting an organization to a changing environment
• Multiplying and diminishing the effectiveness of a team
• Leading from where you are
• Servant leadership
• Effective governing boards
• Legal implications of decision-making and liability and fiduciary responsibilities
• Strategic planning with a focus on outcomes

Participants in the prerequisite Cell Therapy Leadership 101 course in the morning also are eligible to register for the 201 course in the afternoon.

Registration is free for current inspectors and approved inspector trainees. Physicians wishing to train to become an inspector for the FACT Immune Effector Cell Accreditation Program must meet prerequisite education and experience requirements, submit a satisfactory inspector application, attend an in-person training workshop, view online videos, and complete a test on the requirements. To apply to become an inspector, submit an online application.

View meeting details and register online

FACT-ASBMT Quality Boot Camp
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Salt Lake City, UT

Join us for the FACT-ASBMT Quality Boot Camp at the 2018 BMT Tandem Meetings on February 21 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  This year’s boot camp will focus on topics identified to be challenging by transplant programs complying with FACT requirements. The boot camp will strengthen your quality assurance activities through an in-person workshop. Members of the FACT Quality Committee and the ASBMT Administrative Directors SIG Quality Working Group encourage you in the months leading up to the BMT Tandem Meetings to review your quality program and identify strengths and weaknesses.

View meeting details and register online

Effectively Transition to the 7th Edition Hematopoietic Cellular Therapy Standards
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Webinar

This presentation will be on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at 11:00 am ET. Paul Eldridge, PhD, Director of Cell GMP Facility at UNC Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program, will describe changes to the 7th edition Standards and provide examples for effective implementation.

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WMDA-NetCord Webinar: Manual and Automated Methods for Thawing of Cord Blood
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Webinar

This WMDA-NetCord webinar is March 21, 2018, at 11:00 ET. Cellular therapy departments must thaw cord blood units, and they often use very different processes from the procedures outlined by the cord blood bank providing the unit. These SOPs are sent by the cord blood bank and are not always adapted to the disposals and reagents used by the department who then thaw the units. Diane Fournier, PhD, of Héma-Québec, and Roger Horton, PhD, of The Anthony Nolan Cord Blood Bank, will discuss manual and automatic thawing methods used by different departments for thawing of these units, and what can be done to improve recovery of the cells. Also, a multi-center study for harmonization of post thaw analysis of CD34 and CD45 cells will be presented.

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Cellular Therapy Collection Workshop at ASFA Annual Meeting
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Chicago, IL

This training workshop is designed to explain the requirements for FACT accreditation of cellular therapy programs, with special emphasis on apheresis collection facilities. FACT representatives will be in attendance to clarify the intent of the FACT-JACIE Standards, provide inspectors tips for conducting inspections, and assist programs in organizing and preparing for the accreditation process.

View meeting details and register online

Cellular Therapy Inspection & Accreditation Workshop
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Montreal, Quebec Canada

This training workshop is designed to explain the requirements for FACT accreditation of cellular therapy programs. FACT representatives will be in attendance to clarify the intent of the FACT-JACIE Standards, provide inspectors tips for conducting inspections, and assist programs in organizing and preparing for the accreditation process.

The afternoon session will include two different tracks (TBA). All sessions are accompanied by exercises and group discussions to practically apply lecture concepts to real-world experiences.

View meeting details and register online

Cord Blood Inspection and Accreditation Workshop
Friday, September 14, 2018
Miami, FL

This training workshop is designed to explain the requirements for FACT accreditation of cord blood banks. FACT representatives will be in attendance to clarify the intent of the NetCord-FACT Standards, provide inspectors tips for conducting inspections, and assist programs in organizing and preparing for the accreditation process.

Would you like to attend the workshop for FREE? Apply to be a FACT inspector. If you are approved, you can attend free of charge!

View meeting details and register online

 

 


FACT Celebrates 20th Anniversary at 2016 BMT Tandem Meetings

Posted in :: 2016 Volume I :: Thursday, April 14th, 2016

FACT is proud to announce its 20th year as the leading organization in standards setting and accreditation for cellular therapy, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, and regenerative medicine. In addition to a successful cellular therapy inspection and accreditation workshop, quality boot camp, and two leadership courses at the 2016 BMT Tandem meetings, FACT kicked off its 20th anniversary and celebrated with numerous special events.

Throughout the BMT Tandem Meetings, FACT welcomed visitors to a lively exhibit booth.  Attendees who wore their commemorative FACT 20th anniversary pin received small gifts and were entered in a daily drawing.  Day one was themed Throwback Trivia Thursday. Attendees played FACT Jeopardy and entered to win a portable smart phone charger.  Day two was deemed FACT Fortune Friday.  Participants received a FACT fortune cookie and registered to win an Amazon TV Fire Stick.  On day 3, participants enjoyed taking selfies at the booth on Selfie Saturday, and entered to win a selfie stick of their own.  On the final day of the exhibit booth, Sunday Fun Day, all attendees who visited the booth enjoyed a package of Fun Dip Candy and entered to win a Microsoft Band 2 Activity Tracker. FACT thanks everyone who stopped by the exhibit booth and congratulates the lucky winners!

Portable Smart Phone Charger: Dr. Rolla Abu-Arja, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Amazon TV Fire Stick: Brenda Frye, Mayo Clinic Rochester

Selfie Stick: Tracey Churay, University of Michigan

Microsoft Band 2 Activity Tracker: Sandra Randall, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

FACT also hosted a 20th Anniversary reception at the Hawaii Convention Center. Many FACT colleagues, volunteers, and friends enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and drinks as FACT celebrated two decades of working together in the BMT community to improve patient care and safety.  Guests enjoyed watching a short video highlighting FACT’s past 20 years, and saw some familiar faces who have been an integral part of FACT since its beginning.  Click on the gallery below to view full-size photos of the celebrations.

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FACT will celebrate its anniversary throughout 2016 and plans to host several similar events at the ISCT North America Regional Meeting in Memphis, Tennessee.  Register for the Cellular Therapy and Cord Blood Inspection and Accreditation Workshop in Memphis on September 29, 2016!