Timeline of Major Achievements

 
Year  Achievements
1992ASBMT Clinical Affairs Committee developed the first Clinical Standards for Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation.

Parent organization International Society for Hematotherapy and Graft Engineering (ISHAGE) formed.
1993 Parent organization American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) formed.
1994 Regulatory Affairs Committee of ISHAGE developed the first draft of laboratory Standards for Hematopoietic Cell Collection and Processing.

ASBMT Clinical Standards for Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation and ISHAGE laboratory Standards for Hematopoietic Cell Collection and Processing merged into a single document.

North American Task Force (NATF) concluded that FACT Standards were of sufficiently high quality to serve as a template for the other organizations involved in this field.
1995FACT initially founded as the Foundation for the Accreditation of Hematopoietic Cell Therapy (FAHCT).
1996First edition of FAHCT Standards for Hematopoietic Progenitor Cell Collection, Processing & Transplantation published.
1997First FACT inspections took place.  
1998First programs awarded FACT accreditation.
2000FACT and NetCord partnered to develop international standards for cord blood collection, processing, testing, banking, selection, and release. 
2001Name changed to the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) to encompass, in addition to hematopoietic cell products and therapies, new and exciting therapies such as those using mesenchymal stem cells, dendritic cells, targeted lymphocytes, genetically modified cells, pancreatic islets, and others.
2006FACT, in collaboration with the Joint Accreditation Committee – ISCT-Europe & EBMT (JACIE), developed international standards for cellular therapy and published the third edition of the Cellular Therapy Standards.

The third edition of the Cord Blood Standards was published. 
2007FACT committees consisting of peers in cellular therapy were formed to lead the direction of the organization. 

FACT accreditation was used in determining the U.S. News & World report rankings of transplant centers for the "America's Best Hospitals" and "America's Best Children's Hospitals" list.
2008Online continuing education was initiated.

The fourth edition of the Cellular Therapy Standards was published.

The Accreditation Press Kit and Seal for accredited organizations to use with their promotional materials.
2009Accreditation Manuals evolved into continuously updated documents to clarify the intent of the Standards and to publish the thinking of the Accreditation Committees.
2010The fourth edition of the Cord Blood Standards was published.

FACT website was redesigned and won two awards: the Web Marketing Association Award, and the Interactive Media Award for Best in Class: Healthcare.
2012The fifth edition of the Cellular Therapy Standards was published. 

FACTWeb accreditation portal was released.
2013The fifth edition of the Cord Blood Standards was published.
 
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