FACT is the accreditation arm of two professional societies dedicated to improvement and progess in cellular therapy: the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) and the International Society of Cellular Therapy (ISCT). ISCT is a global association driving the translation of scientific research to deliver innovative cellular therapies to patients. Since 1992, ISCT has been the leading global forum for developing and supporting innovative cellular therapies through communication, education and training. ASBMT is an international professional association that promotes the advancement of the blood and marrow transplantation field. ASBMT members are both in clinical practice and in research. More
Cellular transplantation is an international effort. Because the best donor for an unrelated donor transplant is often in a country other than that of the recipient, international standards for cellular therapy products are important in facilitation of these transplants. To address this issue, FACT representatives worked with colleagues from the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) and ISCT-Europe to establish the Joint Accreditation Committee of ISCT-Europe and EBMT (JACIE). The primary aim of JACIE is to improve the quality of hematopoietic cell transplantation in Europe through its accreditation and education programs, and to work toward international harmonization of standards and regulations. Representatives of FACT, ISCT, and ASBMT collaborated with members of NetCord, an international network of independent cord blood banks, to draft comprehensive international standards for cord blood and to establish an accreditation program parallel to the FACT accreditation program for cellular therapy. More
FACT is now an established nonprofit organization with a central office and staff in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. The core of FACT is its active Board of Directors, comprised of an equal number of representatives from ISCT and ASBMT, the Presidents-elect of these two parent organizations, the FACT Medical Director, and the Chairperson of the Standards Committee, who represents ASBMT, ISCT, or both. More
2008: Online continuing education was initiated.
2009: Accreditation Manuals evolved into continuously updated documents to clarify the intent of the Standards and to publish the thinking of the Accreditation Committees.
2010: The fourth edition of the Cord Blood Standards published. More