HISTORY

Incorporation

FACT is the accreditation arm of two professional societies dedicated to improvement and progess in cellular therapy: the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) and the International Society of Cellular Therapy (ISCT). ISCT is a global association driving the translation of scientific research to deliver innovative cellular therapies to patients. Since 1992, ISCT has been the leading global forum for developing and supporting innovative cellular therapies through communication, education and training. ASBMT is an international professional association that promotes the advancement of the blood and marrow transplantation field. ASBMT members are both in clinical practice and in research. More

International Expansion

Cellular transplantation is an international effort. Because the best donor for an unrelated donor transplant is often in a country other than that of the recipient, international standards for cellular therapy products are important in facilitation of these transplants. To address this issue, FACT representatives worked with colleagues from the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) and ISCT-Europe to establish the Joint Accreditation Committee of ISCT-Europe and EBMT (JACIE). The primary aim of JACIE is to improve the quality of hematopoietic cell transplantation in Europe through its accreditation and education programs, and to work toward international harmonization of standards and regulations. Representatives of FACT, ISCT, and ASBMT collaborated with members of NetCord, an international network of independent cord blood banks, to draft comprehensive international standards for cord blood and to establish an accreditation program parallel to the FACT accreditation program for cellular therapy.  More

FACT Celebrates 20th Anniversary

In 2016, FACT celebrated its 20th year as the leading organization in standards setting and accreditation for cellular therapy and regenerative medicine. Special events highlighted FACT’s achievements at the 2016 ISCT North America Regional Meeting in Memphis and the 2016 BMT Tandem Meetings in Honolulu. 

Watch our five minute commemorative 20th anniversary video where we interviewed the FACT founders to learn how the pioneers in the field of cellular therapy came together to create FACT with the purpose of raising the bar in providing quality and safe care to patients: 20th Anniversary Video

FACT Today

FACT is an established nonprofit organization with a central office and staff in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. The core of FACT is its active Board of Directors, comprised of an equal number of representatives from ISCT and ASBMT, a representative from the American Society for Apheresis (ASFA), the FACT Chief Medical Officer, the FACT Standards Committee Chair, and a Public Director. FACT engages over 250 volunteer practicing professionals to lead and participate on its strategic and standing committees.  More

Major Achievements

2008: Online continuing education was initiated.
2009: Accreditation Manuals evolved into continuously updated documents to clarify the intent of the Standards and to publish the thinking of the Accreditation Committees.
2010: The fourth edition of the Cord Blood Standards published. More
  

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