The International NetCord Foundation (NetCord) and the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) have published the draft 6th Edition of the NetCord-FACT International Standards for Cord Blood Collection, Banking, and Release for Administration for inspection and public comment for a 90-day period. Comments will be accepted from September 1, 2015 through November 30, 2015. 

The Standards apply to all phases of cord blood collection, banking, and release for administration, including donor management, collection, processing, testing, cryopreservation, storage, listing, search, selection, reservation, release, and distribution to clinical programs. These Standards cover 1) collection of cord blood cells, regardless of the methodology or site of collection; 2) screening, testing, and eligibility determination of the maternal and infant donor according to Applicable Law; 3) all phases of processing, cryopreservation, and storage, including quarantine, testing, and characterization of the unit; 4) making the CB unit available for administration, either directly or through listing with a search registry; 5) the search and reservation process for selection of specific cord blood units; and 6) all transport or shipment of cord blood units, whether fresh or cryopreserved.

The Standards are limited to the banking of placental and umbilical cord blood for clinical use. Standards for the administration of cord blood cells, either allogeneic or autologous, are covered in the Clinical Program section of the FACT-JACIE International Standards for Hematopoietic Cellular Therapy Product Collection, Processing, and Administration.

Description and Instructions for Review of Cord Blood Standards
Draft NetCord-FACT Standards
Draft NetCord-FACT Accreditation Manual
Comment Submission Form


Instructions for Submitting Public Comments

To submit comments for the draft Standards, follow the steps below. Comments will be accepted through November 30, 2015.

  1. Access the Comment Form.
  2. Type in your contact information and comments on the form. Fill in all fields so that the Standards Committee fully understands your position.
  3. Submit the form when finished. Once the form is submitted, it cannot be changed. However, additional comments may be submitted by completing the form again. There is no limit to the number of forms that can be submitted.
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