The health and well-being of our cellular therapy community, volunteers, staff, and patients is our utmost concern as new cases of Coronavirus are reported across the US and around the world. We are continuing to monitor recent developments surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and are focused on recommendations from the CDC, health officials, and government agencies.

Numerous institutions have implemented travel policies banning both domestic and international travel for their employees, including our FACT inspectorate. Organizations should anticipate postponements and delays in scheduling. We understand the inconvenience; however, these restrictions represent the best effort to safeguard the health of all involved. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work together to meet the challenges posed by COVID-19.

Please be assured that organizations’ accreditation will not lapse due to these circumstances. Additional time will be allotted in the accreditation process. Refer to Frequently Asked Questions: FACT and COVID-19.

Our parent society, the American Society for Transplantation and Cellular Therapy (ASTCT) and its Infectious Disease Special Interest Group have developed interim guidelines for COVID-19 management of HCT and cellular therapy patients. These guidelines will be modified as new information becomes available, including more data on epidemiology, clinical outcomes, and efficacy of drug therapies including clinical trials of novel therapeutics.

COVID-19 Interim Patient Care Guidelines

In addition, FACT’s global partner The World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA), has provided international blood and donor guidelines and resources for cord blood banking including:

For additional resources, please consult the World Health Organization and the Centers For Disease Control.

If you have questions, or concerns, please contact the FACT office at 402-559-1950 or fact@unmc.edu.

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