NetCord and FACT published the 6th edition NetCord-FACT International Standards for Cord Blood Collection, Banking, and Release for Administration and its accompanying Accreditation Manual on July 1, 2016. These Standards will become effective after 90 days, and all accredited cord blood banks must comply with the requirements by that time.

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 cord blood unit; 4) making the cord blood unit available for administration, either directly or through listing with a search registry; 5) the search process for selection of specific cord blood units; 6) reservation and release of cord blood units for clinical use; and 7) all transport or shipment of cord blood units, whether fresh or cryopreserved.

The Standards and accompanying Accreditation Manual, summary of changes, crosswalks, and self-assessment tool are all available on the FACT website for reference. Printed copies of the Standards and Accreditation Manual may be purchased from the FACT store.

Accreditation Manual
Summary of Changes and Crosswalks
Self-Assessment Tool
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