As reported in a previous newsletter article, the first FACT Inspection & Accreditation Virtual Workshop on September 21, 2020 was well received by those in attendance, and we are pleased to provide everyone with an opportunity to view the recording of the workshop.
The workshop began with an overview of the FACT accreditation process and continued with hands-on activities to guide the applicant through the accreditation process. Workshop objectives include:
- Describe the accreditation process.
- Evaluate documentation to ensure compliance.
- Organize the on-site inspection process.
- Plan a program tour.
- Identify strategies to support a successful inspection.
- Practice evaluating deficiencies.
A digital download of the workshop recording can be purchased from the FACT online store at competitive prices. As always, inspectors and inspector trainees may download the recording for free!
Purchase the virtual workshop recording
Giveaway Winner Announced!
FACT hosted its first virtual exhibit hall booth at the Cord Blood Association’s (CBA) 2020 Cord Blood Connect international congress on September 10 and September 17, 2020. FACT is one of 14 exhibitors in CBA’s virtual exhibit hall which will remain accessible to congress participants through August 2022.
FACT’s virtual booth provides visitors with multiple online resources to learn about obtaining and maintaining FACT accreditation and becoming a FACT inspector. Resources include videos, presentations, and website links.
Booth visitors were able to register to win a FACT webinar. The lucky winner was Sally McCollum, PharmD from Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. McCollum was pleased to learn that FACT offers several complimentary webinars to the general public, which gave her the opportunity to download her first choice at no charge, and then choose another webinar as her giveaway prize.
Congratulations Dr. McCollum!
The second edition of the FACT-SBTMO Accreditation Workshop for transplant centers in Brazil occurred during an online event on October 27, 2020. The pre-conference event took place prior to the SBTMO 2020 Congress and was simulcast in both Portuguese and English. The virtual platform enabled program personnel throughout Brazil to participate in the workshop. Interactive sessions provided an overview of FACT Cellular Therapy Standards, emphasized the importance of a quality management program including document control and validation, and addressed areas that are challenging for new centers. Members from Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, the first FACT-accredited program in Brazil, shared their experience in organizing and preparing for a successful inspection and accreditation process. Nearly 40 transplant centers in Brazil have expressed their interest and commitment to improving quality and safety through the FACT-SBTMO accreditation program.
FACT-SBTMO workshop presenters enjoy interacting with workshop participants. Pictured from top to bottom are Andrea Kondo, Carlos Bachier, Carlos Ramos, Phyllis Warkentin, and Daniel Kota.