Happy New Year! As we all work to stick to our New Year’s resolutions, the FACT Board of Directors is planning to set its goals at its retreat in April of this year. In addition to refining the new initiatives we launched within the past year, we have great momentum to continue making a difference in new and exciting ways. As we plan our retreat, please feel free to offer suggestions about objectives we should consider over the next three years.
As we set new goals, we also need to keep focus on maintaining the foundation we have built as an accrediting organization. One of the most important roles in our program is that of the inspector. As the number of FACT-accredited programs increases, our needs for inspectors increase. If you are already an inspector, please make a New Year’s resolution to perform at least two inspections in 2017. If you are interested in becoming a new inspector, we want to hear from you. Apply online at www.factwebsite.org.
Last, but definitely not least, I am pleased to announce that the FACT Standards for Immune Effector Cells has been published, along with immune effector cell-related interim standards as part of the FACT-JACIE International Standards for Hematopoietic Cellular Therapy Product Collection, Processing, and Administration. We are excited to learn new things from immune effector cell programs and help make this therapy a high-quality option for more patients.
I wish you a happy, healthy, and joyous new year.
Dennis Gastineau, MD