Incorporation

FACT was founded in 1995 to promote quality patient care and laboratory practice in hematopoietic cell transplantation through its program of professional standards and voluntary accreditation for the procurement, processing, and transplantation of hematopoietic cell products.

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. 

Believing that quality care can only be achieved if both clinical and laboratory issues are effectively addressed, these two organizations merged their standards into a single document covering all aspects of hematopoietic cell therapy (collection, processing, and transplantation), which formed the foundation for the first edition of FACT Standards. The two societies established FACT in order to develop a voluntary inspection and accreditation program based on the joint Standards.

Recognizing the importance of developing consensus Graft Processing Standards, in 1994 the North American Task Force (NATF) was formed consisting of all the major professional organizations interested in hematopoietic cell therapy, including ISCT, ASBMT, and FACT. There was general consensus that the FACT Standards were of sufficiently high quality to serve as a template for the other organizations involved in this field.

The FACT inspection and accreditation program was developed by Dr. Phyllis Warkentin, FACT Medical Director, in conjunction with the FACT Board of Directors and the ISCT and ASBMT regulatory and standards committees.

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Hoxworth Blood Center Apheresis Collection Facility and its Cellular Therapies Division have been accredited by FACT since 2003. The program values their FACT accreditation and the impact it has had on their program’s continuous quality improvement objectives. Read more