FACT is pleased to announce the publication of the Seventh Edition NetCord-FACT International Standards for Cord Blood Collection, Banking, and Release for Administration on October 15, 2019. The Standards will become effective on January 15, 2020. Congratulations to Dr. Paul Eldridge, FACT Standards Chair, and the NetCord-FACT Cord Blood Standards Committee on publishing the new edition of Cord Blood Standards.
The Seventh Edition NetCord-FACT Cord Blood Standards Committee is comprised of one steering committee, three subcommittees, and a total of 30 representatives. The standards development process commenced in January 2018. The committee’s commitment, expertise, and experience is invaluable to the development of these Standards.
The Standards contain important additions and changes to requirements to reflect current processes typical in a cord blood bank. These changes maintain the relevance of the Standards in the cord blood field.
Accessing the Standards and Other Resources
To improve your experience on our website, the FACT Standards webpage was updated with the Cord Blood Standards, accompanying Accreditation Manual, and other associated documents. These are available to download for free at: http://www.factwebsite.org/cbstandards/. Printed copies can be purchased online at the FACT Store.
There is a new tool highlighting the changes. A redlined compare document highlighting edits from the 6th to 7th edition is now available.
FACT Accreditation Services notified cord blood banks affected by the new edition prior to publication to discuss the transition. We understand the effort required to complete the accreditation process and are ready to assist banks with timely submission of compliance applications in accordance with the new edition of Standards.
If you have additional questions, please contact your FACT Accreditation Coordinator.