FACT Announces Return to In-person Inspections October 1, 2022

Posted in :: 2022 Volumne 2 :: Thursday, June 16th, 2022

Sarah Litel-Smith
Supervisor, Accreditation Services

FACT is excited to announce the return of in-person on-site inspections beginning October 1, 2022. Virtual inspections for renewal applicants were implemented in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While these virtual inspections have generally been successful as an interim measure, there have been some challenges and more delays than anticipated.

A recent survey of active inspectors indicates that most are comfortable with travel, at least domestically; their institutions permit travel; and applicant organizations are able to accommodate inspection teams.  The return to in-person inspections will allow more expeditious inspection scheduling and facilitate much needed inspector trainee participation. The 40 new inspectors who completed an Inspector Training Workshop this spring at the ASTCT, ASFA, and ISCT meetings are anxious to complete their required trainee inspection. Please volunteer to be a mentor if you are an inspector and welcome a trainee inspector when your program schedules its on-site inspection.

Virtual inspections already scheduled through the end of September will be performed virtually as planned. If deemed necessary to protect the health and safety of inspectors, staff, and patients, or in response to other restrictions,  FACT may conduct additional virtual inspections as needed. Contact your Accreditation Coordinator or the FACT Office if there are any concerns related to the next on-site inspection.