Quality Management Series, Module 10: Validations

Posted in :: 2020 Volume 5 :: Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

The Quality Management Series Module 10 includes four sessions focused on Validation including:

Validation Overview
Presented by Nicole Prokopishyn, PhD
August 19, 2020, 11:00 am ET, 15:00 GMT

Dr. Prokopishyn will discuss the difference between Validation, Verification, and Qualification, including Process Validation of immune effector cells, cord blood banking, apheresis, clinical, and processing.

Register now

Process Validation
Presented by Jacklyn Stentz MT (ASCP) and Deborah Griffin MS, ASQ CPGP
October 14, 2020, 11:00 am ET, 15:00 GMT

Presenters will discuss the following:

  • Range to validate (where to start and when to stop), variables and extreme scenarios
  • Process validations (to include Bone Marrow process)
  • Verification: when is it needed

Register now

Software Validation
Presented by Robyn Rodwell, PhD and Guy Klamer, PhD
December 2, 2020, 4:00 pm ET, 21:00 GMT

Dr. Rodwell and Dr. Klamer will discuss the use of software validation as a substitute for paper, to make decisions, to perform calculations, or to create or store information used in critical procedures. Other topics include:

  • Critical electronic systems under the control of the organization (facility)
  • Spreadsheets
  • Vendor and organization responsibilities

Register now

Program Perspective on Validation
TBA

Register for the entire module to receive a 15% discount! QM Series Module 10: Validations


FACT Announces New Quality Management Series, Module 10: Validations

Posted in :: 2020 Volume 4 :: Thursday, June 18th, 2020

The Quality Management Series Module 10 includes four sessions focused on Validation including:

Validation Overview
Presented by Nicole Prokopishyn, PhD
August 19, 2020, 11:00 am ET, 15:00 GMT

Dr. Prokopishyn will discuss the difference between Validation, Verification, and Qualification, including Process Validation of immune effector cells, cord blood banking, apheresis, clinical, and processing.

Register now

Process Validation
Presented by Jacklyn Stentz MT (ASCP) and Deborah Griffin MS, ASQ CPGP
October 14, 2020, 11:00 am ET, 15:00 GMT

Presenters will discuss the following:

  • Range to validate (where to start and when to stop), variables and extreme scenarios
  • Process validations (to include Bone Marrow process)
  • Verification: when is it needed

Register now

Software Validation
Presented by Robyn Rodwell, PhD and Guy Klamer, PhD
December 2, 2020, 4:00 pm ET, 21:00 GMT

Dr. Rodwell and Dr. Klamer will discuss the use of software validation as a substitute for paper, to make decisions, to perform calculations, or to create or store information used in critical procedures. Other topics include:

  • Critical electronic systems under the control of the organization (facility)
  • Spreadsheets
  • Vendor and organization responsibilities

Register now

Program Perspective on Validation
TBA

Register for the entire module to receive a 15% discount! QM Series Module 10: Validations


2020 FACT-ASTCT Quality Manager Engagement and Resiliency Survey

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

 

Resilience is the ability to recover from or adjust easily to change.  Highly resilient individuals thrive in an environment of change. The Quality Manager’s capacity to be resilient during change, a constant in their work life, is a critical skillset.

Since 2017, the FACT Quality Management Committee and the ASTCT Administrative Directors SIG Quality Working Group have collaborated to identify opportunities to increase the QM’s resiliency During that year, the quality groups developed an anonymous survey to collect data on Quality Manager personal resilience and their perceived benefits of improved resilience. The survey included a validated “Brief Resilience Scale”2 (BRS) which quantitatively measures resilience (1 = low to 5 = high).

To assess possible work stressors, Quality Managers were queried about their responsibilities, program size/complexity, and the nature of interactions with others, e.g. direct supervisors. Respondents were also asked to rank selected resources for increasing resiliency.

Since that initial survey, results have been analyzed and presented as abstracts during TCT | Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASTCT and CIBMTR.  Additionally, survey findings have been used to identify resources to help, among others, build resilience through improved workplace communications, workload management.   This resources list was uploaded to the FACT website at:  http://www.factwebsite.org/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=1898.

It’s come time to reassess…Quality managers, we need you! 

The committees are reaching out more broadly to cellular therapy program and cord blood bank Quality Managers around the world requesting that you complete a follow-up survey.   This year’s anonymous survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.  The survey can be accessed at the web address or by scanning the QRS code included below.

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FACT-ASTCT2020QMResiliency

 

 

 

The FACT Quality Management Committee and the ASTCT Administrative Directors SIG Quality Working Group plan to analyze information provided by respondents later this year and publish early in 2021.


Final Webinar in the Quality Management Series, Auditing

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

February 5, 2020
3:00 pm ET, 20:00 GMT

Join FACT for the final webinar in the ninth Quality Management Series, Auditing.  Phillip Johnson, MMedSc(Path), Production Manager at Queensland Cord Blood Bank at the Mater, Sylvia Dulan, RN, MSN, MBA, PMP, HCT Regulatory and Quality Management Specialist at City of Hope Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Program, and Ann Wilson, MHA, MT(ASCP)SB , Lab and Quality Manager at Scott & White Autologous Transplant Program, will give an overview of their program’s audit process and how they write audit reports.

Register now

The first three webinars within the module are available for download in the FACT store:

  1. QM Series 9: Auditing: Planning and Executing
  2. QM Series 9: Auditing: Summarizing and Evaluating the Data
  3. QM Series 9: Auditing: Performing follow-up to assess the effectiveness of the actions implemented on correcting the errors

Stay tuned for the next QM Series 10, Validations!  Topics include Validation Overview, Process Validation, Software Validation, and Program Perspectives on Validation.


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 Announces ISCT-FACT Quality Boot Camp at the 2019 ISCT North America Meeting – September 12

Posted in :: 2019 Volume 7 :: Monday, July 29th, 2019

Is your lab FACT accredited or looking to comply with FACT standards? Strengthen your quality management programs through this interactive workshop with FACT experts and real world applications.

Focused on issues identified by FACT compliant programs, these sessions will include activities and discussion regarding Document Control, Risk Assessment in the Processing Laboratory, Supply Qualification, and Audit Plans and Writing the Report. Come prepared with your quality program questions and leverage QA experts to apply continuous improvement to your own institution. This boot camp is applicable not only to academic labs but also relevant for commercial operations.

We encourage programs to send multiple personnel to attend the various FACT events on September 12. The ISCT-FACT Quality Boot Camp is essential for all quality and laboratory personnel. The FACT Cellular Therapy Inspection and Accreditation Workshop taking place on the same day, is a must-see for cell processing laboratory personnel, physicians, scientists and principal investigators, administrators and nurses.

View details and register now
View preliminary agenda


Education Events

Posted in :: 2019 Volume 7 :: Monday, July 29th, 2019

FACT-SBTMO Cell Therapy Accreditation Workshop
July 31, 2019
Brasília, Brazil

This training workshop is designed to explain the requirements of the FACT-SBTMO joint cell therapy accreditation program in Brazil. FACT and SBTMO representatives will be in attendance to:
• Provide an overview of the FACT Standards and accreditation process
• Explain how to integrate quality management into clinical, collection, and cell processing programs
• Examine how to prepare for a successful inspection
• Summarize how controlling documentation can improve your program
• Review commonly cited Standards
• Outline the inspector orientation process
• Answer questions

This workshop is from 8:00 to 13:15 on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

View meeting details and register 

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

The World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) and FACT are teaming up to host the pre-conference WMDA-Netcord & FACT Cord Blood Day, a workshop that incorporates sessions on trends in cord blood banking and harmonization of banking procedures, a Quality Boot Camp track, and a FACT Inspector Training Track. FACT accreditation serves as an important mechanism to maintain across-the-board uniform processes that are effective and assist with ensuring efficient bank operations.

Topics will include:

  • Global perspectives of the regulation of cord blood banking,
  • WMDA serious adverse events and reactions,
  • Analysis of CD34+ and CD45+ cells in thawed cord blood samples,
  • Analysis of cellular viability in thawed cord blood,
  • Significant changes to the NetCord-FACT Seventh Edition Cord Blood Standards, and
  • Essential Quality Management Principles

The afternoon offers two tracks:

  • WMDA-FACT Quality Boot Camp: Sessions will examine cord blood unit selection strategies and core quality management concepts including risk assessment, validation, and auditing. Come prepared with your quality-related questions to ask the quality experts facilitating the session.
  • FACT Inspector Training: This track provides training to new FACT cord blood inspectors on performing an inspection from start to finish. Sessions are accompanied by exercises and group discussions to practically apply lecture concepts to real-world experiences. Attendees training to be an inspector may attend the entire Cord Blood Day FREE in addition to free access to all other on-demand and in-person FACT educational events. Inspector trainees are required to attend the FACT Inspector Training track.

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 Quality Boot Camp and nominate a member of your team to train to become a FACT inspector! Register before August 31st to receive the special advanced rate!

View meeting agenda

FACT Cellular Therapy Inspection and Accreditation Workshop at the ISCT North America 2019 Regional Meeting
September 12, 2019
Madison, WI

This workshop in Madison incorporates instruction on the process of accreditation, FACT Standards requirements, and practical applications such as risk assessment and transportation issues related to cellular therapy. Several hot topics include quality management in novel cell therapies, environmental monitoring, and occurrence management. These sessions are designed to help applicants navigate the evolving changes in the field. The agenda also includes training for new inspectors with real-world examples and exercises to guide them through the inspection process. This is a must-see event for the following audiences:

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

The day includes an applicant track and inspector training track. Inspector trainees are required to attend the inspector orientation track.

We encourage programs to send multiple personnel to attend the various FACT events on September 12.  The FACT Cellular Therapy Inspection and Accreditation Workshop is a must-see for cell processing laboratories, physicians, scientists, and principal investigators, and unit supervisors, laboratory managers, administrators, nurses, and medical technologists.  The ISCT-FACT Quality Boot Camp, which takes place on the same day as the workshop, is essential for program quality managers.

View meeting details and register
View meeting agenda

ISCT-FACT Quality Boot Camp at the 2019 ISCT North America Meeting
September 12, 2019
Madison, WI

Is your lab FACT accredited or looking to comply with FACT standards? Strengthen your quality management programs through this interactive workshop with FACT experts and real world applications.

Focused on issues identified by FACT compliant programs, these sessions will include activities and discussion regarding Document Control, Risk Assessment in the Processing Laboratory, Supply Qualification, and Audit Plans and Writing the Report. Come prepared with your quality program questions and leverage QA experts to apply continuous improvement to your own institution. This boot camp is applicable not only to academic labs but also relevant for commercial operations.

We encourage programs to send multiple personnel to attend the various FACT events on September 12. The ISCT-FACT Quality Boot Camp is essential for all quality and laboratory personnel. The FACT Cellular Therapy Inspection and Accreditation Workshop, taking place on the same day, is a must-see for Cell processing laboratory personnel, physicians, scientists and principal investigators, administrators and nurses.

View details and register now
View preliminary agenda

ASGCT-ASTCT-FACT Webinar: Centers’ Experience with Implementing Commercial CAR T-cell Products – Part 2
September 25, 2019
Webinar

The second webinar in this two-part webinar series will be on Thursday, September 25, 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, 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.

View meeting details and register 


Education Events

Posted in :: 2019 Volume 6 :: Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Using an Electronic Platform for Accreditation Preparation and Continuous Readiness Webinar
Wednesday, June 26, 11:00 am ET
Webinar

This webinar will be on June 26, 2019 at 11:00 am ET and is FREE OF CHARGE. Trisha Deason, MHA, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Eryn Draganski, AGCNS-BC, OCN, and Jay Maningo-Salinas, PhD, RN, NE-BC, CPHQ, FACHE, from Mayo Clinic Arizona, have graciously agreed to share their tool designed in Microsoft OneNote to be used for continuous readiness and compliance with FACT requirements.

Collecting supporting evidence for accreditation standards can be a daunting task and include a tremendous amount of resources (e.g., paper, binders, charts). Workflows may be inefficient if duplication of efforts occurs across personnel and departments. Use of an electronic source provides an updated mechanism to gather, retain, and share evidence, as well as an organized approach to present all supporting documents to on-site surveyors. Presenters will provide step-by-step instructions on how to build a OneNote FACT e-binder and organize evidence to be used for continuous readiness and/or as a platform to deliver evidence to the FACT survey team.

View meeting details and register online

ASGCT-ASTCT-FACT Webinar: Centers’ Experience with Implementing Commercial CAR T-cell Products – Part 1
Thursday, July 25, 11:00 am ET
Webinar

The first webinar in this two-part webinar series will be on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 11:00 am ET.  Part one includes information from two centers regarding their journey to successful implementation of commercialized CAR T-cell products. Clinicians will address the challenges faced during the site on-boarding process, where they are in the process, commonly faced impediments to timely delivery of therapy to patients, and suggestions for centers initiating implementation of commercial CAR T-cell products. Topics in this webinar will include required training, maintenance of chain of custody, and mechanisms for reporting outcomes data. FACT accreditation will also be covered.

This is part one of two in the Centers’ Experience with Implementing Commercial CAR T-cell Products series.  Part two will take place in September of 2019 and will include the perspective of a hospital administrator in regard to the following:

  • Agreements with Manufacturers
  • Reimbursement
  • FACT accreditation

View meeting details and register

FACT-SBTMO Cell Therapy Accreditation Workshop
July 31, 2019
Brasília, Brazil

This training workshop is designed to explain the requirements of the FACT-SBTMO joint cell therapy accreditation program in Brazil. FACT and SBTMO representatives will be in attendance to:
• Provide an overview of the FACT Standards and accreditation process
• Explain how to integrate quality management into clinical, collection, and cell processing programs
• Examine how to prepare for a successful inspection
• Summarize how controlling documentation can improve your program
• Review commonly cited Standards
• Outline the inspector orientation process
• Answer questions

This workshop is from 8:00 to 13:15 on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

View meeting details and register 

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

The World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) and FACT are teaming up to host the pre-conference WMDA-Netcord & FACT Cord Blood Day, a workshop that incorporates sessions on trends in cord blood banking and harmonization of banking procedures, a Quality Boot Camp track, and a FACT Inspector Training Track. FACT accreditation serves as an important mechanism to maintain across-the-board uniform processes that are effective and assist with ensuring efficient bank operations.

Topics will include:

  • Global perspectives of the regulation of cord blood banking,
  • WMDA serious adverse events and reactions,
  • Analysis of CD34+ and CD45+ cells in thawed cord blood samples,
  • Analysis of cellular viability in thawed cord blood,
  • Significant changes to the NetCord-FACT Seventh Edition Cord Blood Standards, and
  • Essential Quality Management Principles

The afternoon offers two tracks:

  • WMDA-FACT Quality Boot Camp: Sessions will examine cord blood unit selection strategies and core quality management concepts including risk assessment, validation, and auditing. Come prepared with your quality-related questions to ask the quality experts facilitating the session.
  • FACT Inspector Training: This track provides training to new FACT cord blood inspectors on performing an inspection from start to finish. Sessions are accompanied by exercises and group discussions to practically apply lecture concepts to real-world experiences. Attendees training to be an inspector may attend the entire Cord Blood Day FREE in addition to free access to all other on-demand and in-person FACT educational events. Inspector trainees are required to attend the FACT Inspector Training track.

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 Quality Boot Camp and nominate a member of your team to train to become a FACT inspector! Register before August 31st to receive the special advanced rate!

FACT Cellular Therapy Inspection and Accreditation Workshop at the ISCT North America 2019 Regional Meeting
September 12, 2019
Madison, WI

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.

Two tracks are available for this workshop. The Inspector Track will provide FACT inspectors guidance on how to assess compliance with the Standards. The Applicant Track will give programs and facilities insight into how to comply with the Standards and demonstrate compliance.

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, 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.

View meeting details and register 


New Volunteer Committee Members

Posted in :: 2019 Volume 5 :: Friday, May 17th, 2019

Annually, FACT distributes a Call for Volunteers to solicit new committee members for its Standing and Special Committees.

The FACT Board of Director strives to have a 20% turnover each year in committee membership to provide new opportunities for those interested in becoming more involved with FACT as well as to interject fresh and innovative perspectives in working groups.

It is always moving to see the numbers of volunteers willing to devote their personal time in light of increasingly busy schedules. Although there are typically not enough positions available to place all volunteers on a committee, we retain the information of volunteers to appoint to committees in subsequent years.

Following are the FACT Committees that had vacancies this year and their new members:


Education Committee

Purpose: To develop education and training programs for inspectors and for personnel at applicant and accredited facilities to promote knowledge and understanding of current standards, create awareness of commonly cited deficiencies, and promote quality in cellular therapy.

  • Nicole Acqui, MD
  • Alex Babic, MD, PhD
  • Guy Klamer, PhD
  • Yogesh Jethava, MBBS
  • Premal Lulla, MD
  • Joseph Lynch, MD
  • Huy Pham, MD, MPH
  • Priti Tewari, MD

Quality Management Committee 

Purpose: Develop and administer programs that maintain high quality in FACT’s organizational operations and in accredited programs.

    • Sylvia Dulan, RN, MSN, MBA, PMP –
    • Kris Michael Mahadeo, MD, MPH
    • Omotayo Fasan, MBBS, MRCP
    • Krista Holcomb

FACT-CIBMTR Data Audit Committee

Purpose: Coordinate the evaluation of transplant center data audits performed by FACT and CIBMTR.

    • Jaskiran Kaur, CQA(ASQ)
    • Linh Sellers, CCRP
    • Hemant Murthy, MD

Technology Committee

Purpose: Enhance, refine, streamline, and improve the efficiency of the accreditation process and educational programs through the continued improvement of Technology and FACT’s online presence.

    • Leon Su, MBA, FCAP, FASCP
    • Shanlong Jian, BS, MS
    • Federerico Rodriguez Quezada BSMT, SBB(ASCP)

The contributions of our volunteer committee members has been invaluable and  has resulted in the tremendous success of FACT. Thank you to all our volunteers for your dedication and support of FACT to ensure quality patient care, improve treatment outcomes, and foster continue development in the field of cellular therapy.


Education Events

Posted in :: 2019 Volume 5 :: Friday, May 17th, 2019

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

This workshop incorporates instruction on the process of accreditation, FACT Standards requirements, and practical applications such as risk assessment and transportation issues related to cellular therapy and cord blood banking. Several hot topics include quality management in novel cell therapies, written agreements, and occurrence management. These sessions are designed to help applicants navigate the evolving changes in the field. The agenda also includes training for new inspectors with real-world examples and exercises to guide them through the inspection process. This is a must-see event 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

The day includes a general track for attendees with separate breakout sessions for cellular therapy and cord blood participants. Inspector trainees are required to attend the inspector orientation track.

View meeting details and register
View preliminary agenda

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 with FACT standards? Strengthen your quality assurance program through this interactive workshop with FACT experts and real world applications.

Sessions include activities and discussions addressing the following: IECs in Your Organizations Quality Plan and Written Agreements, Document Control, Performing Risk Assessment: Real Life Applications, Process Validation 101, and Evaluating and Reporting Audit Results. Register online for the ISCT Pre-Conference Day and attend the ISCT-FACT Cellular Therapy Quality Boot Camp! Note: ISCT Pre-Conference Day registration requires separate registration from the main ISCT Annual Meeting.

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:

• Overview of FACT Accreditation Processes
• Common Citations Overview
• Building Quality into Clinical Immune Effector Cell Therapy Programs
• Using the Tracer Methodology to Assess Compliance with FACT Standards
• Improving Data Management Through Follow-Up
• FACT Process for Reviewing Clinical Outcomes

View meeting details and register online

Quality Management Series 9 Webinar: Performing follow-up to assess the effectiveness of the actions implemented on correcting the errors – June 11, 2019

The Quality Management Series Module 9 includes four sessions focused on auditing. The first session, Auditing: Planning and Executing, was held on January 23, 2019. Leigh Poston, BMT Program Quality Management Coordinator at UF Health Shands Hospital, discussed designing audit strategies, identifying specific audits to perform, creating an audit schedule, determining the scope of the audit, and executing the audit. View on-demand webinar

The second session, Auditing: Summarizing and Evaluating the Data, was live on March 6, 2019. Ed Brindle MSc, MLT, Quality Manager at UHN Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, discussed writing the audit report, determining WHY the errors occurred, and assigning appropriate corrective action and preventive action. View on-demand webinar

The third webinar in the QM series 9: Audits, titled Performing follow-up to assess the effectiveness of the actions implemented on correcting the errors, will be on June 11, 2019 at 11:00 am ET. Gordana Svajger, Quality Compliance Program Manager at The Hospital for Sick Children Blood & Marrow Transplant / Cellular Therapy Program, will identify methods for verification of corrective actions, interpret when corrective actions are effective, and determine when to close an audit.  View webinar details and register

The last session in the series will be, A Program’s Perspective: Auditing. The date and time will be announced when determined.

Register for the entire module to receive a 15% discount! QM Series Module 9: Auditing

Exceeding Expectations: How We Maintain High One-Year Survival
Wednesday, June 12, 3:00 pm ET
Webinar

The FACT Education Committee, in conjunction with the Clinical Outcomes Improvement Committee, is presenting a webinar on June 12, 2019, at 3:00 pm ET, to highlight transplant programs that consistently exceed expected one-year survival rates as reported in the CIBMTR Transplant-Center Specific Survival Report. This webinar will consist of presentations from the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Northside Hospital, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and the FACT inspectors who evaluated them during the most recent inspections. This will be a one-hour webinar, which includes a question and answer session.

Program representatives will discuss the following:
1) how the program analyzes and trends clinical outcomes including survival,
2) aspects of the program believed to contribute to consistently high one-year survival (e.g., processes, guidelines, education, and any other aspect), and
3) any examples of instances in which the program made adjustments after detecting declining survival rates for a given set of patients.

The inspector from each program will discuss his impression of the program and opinions on why the program consistently achieves high survival rates.

View meeting details and register online

Using an Electronic Platform for Accreditation Preparation and Continuous Readiness Webinar
Wednesday, June 26, 11:00 am ET
Webinar

This webinar will be on June 26, 2019 at 11:00 am ET and is FREE OF CHARGE. Trisha Deason, MHA, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Eryn Draganski, AGCNS-BC, OCN, and Jay Maningo-Salinas, PhD, RN, NE-BC, CPHQ, FACHE, from Mayo Clinic Arizona, will provide instruction on design and use of Microsoft OneNote that may be used for continuous readiness and presentation during on site FACT inspections.

Collecting supporting evidence for accreditation standards can be a daunting task and include a tremendous amount of resources (e.g., paper, binders, charts, etc.). Workflows may be inefficient if duplication of efforts occurs across personnel and departments. Use of an electronic source provides an updated mechanism to gather, retain, and share evidence, as well as an organized approach to present all supporting documents to on-site surveyors. Presenters will provide step-by-step instructions on how to build a OneNote FACT e-binder and organize evidence to be used for continuous readiness and/or as a platform to deliver evidence to the FACT survey team.

View meeting details and register online

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

The World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) and FACT are teaming up to host the pre-conference WMDA-Netcord & FACT Cord Blood Day, a workshop that incorporates sessions on trends in cord blood banking and harmonization of banking procedures, a Quality Boot Camp track, and a FACT Inspector Training Track. FACT accreditation serves as an important mechanism to maintain across-the-board uniform processes that are effective and assist with ensuring efficient bank operations.

Topics will include:

  • Global perspectives of the regulation of cord blood banking,
  • WMDA serious adverse events and reactions,
  • Analysis of CD34+ and CD45+ cells in thawed cord blood samples,
  • Analysis of cellular viability in thawed cord blood,
  • Significant changes to the NetCord-FACT Seventh Edition Cord Blood Standards, and
  • Essential Quality Management Principles

The afternoon offers two tracks:

  • WMDA-FACT Quality Boot Camp: Sessions will examine cord blood unit selection strategies and core quality management concepts including risk assessment, validation, and auditing. Come prepared with your quality-related questions to ask the quality experts facilitating the session.
  • FACT Inspector Training: This track provides training to new FACT cord blood inspectors on performing an inspection from start to finish. Sessions are accompanied by exercises and group discussions to practically apply lecture concepts to real-world experiences. Attendees training to be an inspector may attend the entire Cord Blood Day FREE in addition to free access to all other on-demand and in-person FACT educational events. Inspector trainees are required to attend the FACT Inspector Training track.

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 Quality Boot Camp and nominate a member of your team to train to become a FACT inspector! Register before August 31st to receive the special advanced rate!

FACT Cellular Therapy Inspection and Accreditation Workshop at the ISCT North America 2019 Regional Meeting
September 12, 2019
Madison, WI

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.

Two tracks are available for this workshop. The Inspector Track will provide FACT inspectors guidance on how to assess compliance with the Standards. The Applicant Track will give programs and facilities insight into how to comply with the Standards and demonstrate compliance.

View meeting details and register


Call for FACT Volunteers

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

Dear FACT Colleague:

The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy has several committees to help FACT achieve its vision of being the premiere organization setting standards and awarding accreditation to programs in the evolving field of cellular therapy.

In light of your experience and important involvement with the FACT inspection and accreditation process, we invite you to review the charges for the committees with current vacancies and either nominate yourself or a colleague to serve as a committee member.

Education Committee

Purpose: To develop education and training programs for inspectors and for personnel at applicant and accredited facilities to promote knowledge and understanding of current standards, create awareness of commonly cited deficiencies, and promote quality in cellular therapy.

Responsibilities:

– Attend monthly one-hour teleconference

– Develop content for workshop and webinar presentations

– Assess effectiveness of training events and recommend improvements

– Serve as a FACT workshop presenter at various meetings

– Develop content for inspector continuing education

Quality Management Committee

Purpose: Develop and administer programs that maintain high quality in FACT’s organizational operations and in accredited programs.

Responsibilities:

– Attend monthly one-hour teleconference

– Maintain and update the FACT Quality Management Handbook

– Offer a comprehensive schedule of webinars related to quality management activities

– Develop content for quality “boot camps”

– Develop quality metrics for gauging the performance of the FACT inspection and accreditation process, including effectiveness, efficiency, and customer satisfaction

FACT-CIBMTR Data Audit Committee

Purpose: Coordinate the evaluation of transplant center data audits performed by FACT and CIBMTR.

Responsibilities:

– Attend monthly one-hour teleconference

– Develop mechanisms by which CIBMTR and FACT can coordinate audits and inspections of data management processes within transplant centers

– Develop a collaborative approach to evaluate the results of FACT inspections with CIBMTR’s data audit findings to ensure a coordinated response to the transplant center

– Participate in the joint FACT-CIBMTR data review process by assessing programs’ progress on implementing corrective action plans

– Develop education and provide assistance to programs throughout the accreditation cycle to achieve quality improvement in data management

Technology Committee

Purpose: Enhance, refine, streamline, and improve the efficiency of the accreditation process and educational programs through the continued improvement of technology and FACT’s online presence.

Responsibilities:

– Attend quarterly one-hour teleconference

– Suggest ideas to enhance user’s experience using the Accreditation Portal

– Evaluate and review new portal features

– Evaluate new technologies to improve business processes

– Interface with other committees to identify data needs to develop and publish reports

– Evaluate a mobile app option for FACT’s resources such as Standards, announcements, newsletter, and education

Please submit your interest in serving as a committee member along with a description of your qualifications to Linda Miller at lmiller1@unmc.edu by March 1, 2019.

The contributions of our volunteer FACT inspectors and committee members have been invaluable and have resulted in the tremendous success of FACT. Thank you for your dedication and support of this important effort to ensure quality patient care, improve treatment outcomes, and foster continue development in the field of cellular therapy.

Sincerely,

Dennis Gastineau, MD

President

Linda Miller, MPA

Chief Executive Officer


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.

View meeting details and register

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-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


FDA Releases Six Draft Guidance Documents for Gene Therapy

Posted in :: 2018 Volume 3 :: Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released six draft guidance documents related to gene therapy. Three of the guidance documents are disease-specific, and three are related to manufacturing. According to Scott Gottlieb, MD, FDA Commissioner, these documents are the building blocks of the FDA’s framework for advancing gene therapy while requiring safety and effectiveness. The guidance is part of the FDA’s efforts to provide clear recommendations to sponsors and researchers.

Read FDA Commissioner’s Statements

Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Control (CMC) Information for Human Gene Therapy Investigational New Drug Applications (INDs); Draft Guidance for Industry

The FDA highlights the importance of establishing standardized procedures for cell collection and handling across all collection sites for multi-center clinical trials to assure the quality and safety of the final product as well as ensuring control of the manufacturing process. A list of collection sites, the FDA Establishment Identifier, and accreditations for compliance with established standards (e.g., Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy) should be included in the IND.

Additional Manufacturing Draft Guidance Documents

Long Term Follow-up After Administration of Human Gene Therapy Products; Draft Guidance for Industry

Testing of Retroviral Vector-Based Human Gene Therapy Products for Replication Competent Retrovirus During Product Manufacture and Patient Follow-up; Draft Guidance for Industry

Disease-Specific Draft Guidance Documents

Human Gene Therapy for Hemophilia; Draft Guidance for Industry

Human Gene Therapy for Rare Diseases; Draft Guidance for Industry

Human Gene Therapy for Retinal Disorders; Draft Guidance for Industry


Submit Exemplary Quality Management Processes for FACT Quality Boot Camps

Posted in :: 2018 Volume 3 :: Thursday, August 16th, 2018

The FACT Quality Management Boot Camps are popular meetings during which quality management principles are discussed in detail. A hallmark of the quality boot camp format is its focus on tangible examples directly used by accredited cellular therapy programs and cord blood banks. FACT invites cellular therapy and cord blood professionals to submit examples of innovative and effective quality management processes. The FACT Quality Management Committee will review and select commendable practices for presentation at a future quality boot camp. This is a great opportunity to showcase your organization’s success with your peers.

Do you have a quality management-related process that has worked particularly well for your organization? Are you a FACT inspector that has been impressed with an organization’s process? If so, please submit a description of the process and example documents to Heather Conway at heather.conway@unmc.edu. Example processes include quality assessment activities, personnel training and competency, document control, procedural development, and other concepts related to quality management.

The next boot camp will take place during the WMDA-NetCord & FACT Cord Blood Day on September 14, 2018. Stay tuned for future boot camps in 2019!


ASBMT and FACT Partnering on Project to Support Quality Managers

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

By Therese Dodd, BA, MBA, RN, CPHQ, FNAHQ, Sarah Cannon Director, Quality Improvement

The ASBMT Administrative Directors SIG Quality Working Group and the FACT Quality Management Committee are partnering on a project to identify opportunities to increase Quality Managers’ resiliency. The first step of this initiative was to develop a 59-question electronic survey, targeting HCT/CT/CBB Quality Managers, in order to collect data on their personal resilience and their perceptions of the benefits of improved resilience. Key takeaways from preliminary analysis indicate that:

• Strategic drivers for increasing Quality Manager resilience must be identified and deployed in order to recruit and retain proficient personnel who are both productive and able to support others in the program.
• Program administrators must understand the complexity and responsibility of the Quality Manager role and be engaged in supporting appropriate Quality Manager staffing levels, professional development and increased resiliency.

For complete details regarding the survey and its results, review the poster displayed at the 2018 BMT Tandem Meetings.