WHAT FACT ACCREDITATION MEANS TO PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Patients with leukemia, lymphoma or other life-threatening disease or other blood disorders need the most effective care to improve and prolong their lives. FACT accreditation is the threshold for excellence in cellular therapy including bone marrow or cord blood transplant (BMT). FACT-accredited organizations voluntarily seek and maintain FACT accreditation through a rigorous process, demonstrating their belief that patient needs are paramount. Receiving care from a cellular therapy organization within the prestigious community of FACT-accredited organizations can make you confident that you are in good hands.
This voluntary accreditation is based upon compliance with the most comprehensive standards in the field, verified by rigorous peer-reviewed inspections. On-site inspections are carried out by a team of inspectors who are qualified by training and experience and perform cellular therapy functions in their daily practice.
- Accredited programs have the experience required to understand and provide for the unique needs of hematopoietic progenitor cell (HPC) transplant patients.
- Medical Directors and program personnel meet FACT educational and experience requirements.
- Clinical programs transplant a requisite number of patients annually.
- Collection facilities perform a requisite number of cell collection procedures annually.
- Cell transplantation is performed in accordance with policies for the safe administration of cells as required for optimum patient care.
- Accredited programs utilize processes guided by quality management systems.
- Review, approval, and training requirements ensure processes are appropriate and that personnel understand the duties required of them.
FACT-JACIE International Standards are developed through the collaboration and input of the most knowledgeable minds in cellular therapy. The Standards are drafted by panels of the leading experts in the field of cellular therapy, many of whom who are the researchers and innovators who are responsible for advancing the field. Input from the wider transplant community and the public is actively sought.
Recognition in the Field
Accredited programs maintain the confidence of medical professionals, third-party payers, and regulators in the quality of the organization’s cellular therapy services. FACT accreditation is a factor in the ranking of “America’s Best Hospitals,” and “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” published annually by U.S. News and World Report. Among the 10 cancer care centers ranked as best in the United States, all are FACT accredited.
FACT accreditation is embraced by the overwhelming majority of transplant programs. More than 90% in the United States are FACT accredited. FACT inspectors are experts in the field of cellular therapy.
Major third-party payers require FACT accreditation for cost reimbursement or for “center of excellence” designation.
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Where can patients find additional information related to cell therapy transplantation?
- BMT Infonet: Provides information intended for blood and marrow transplant patients and their families, including publications that can be ordered.
- CIBMTR Patient Resources: Information for patients and their families ranges from data about transplant outcomes for those considering transplant, to best practices in follow-up care for patients post-transplant.
- NMDP – Be the Match Patient Education: Provides information for patients to get the support and information needed to learn about their disease and treatment options, prepare for transplant, and thrive after transplant.
- Parent's Guide to Cord Blood Foundation: Resource to educate parent's about cord blood medical research and cord blood storage options.
- Patient Advisory for Stem Cell Therapy and Medical Tourism: Guidance developed by professionals in cellular therapy intended to provide best practices to assist patients and family members contemplating cell therapy or experimental stem cell procedures in their healthcare decisions.
- Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium: Provides patient and family education to understanding blood and marrow transplants.