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Draft Seventh Edition NetCord-FACT International Cord Blood Standards Available for Public Comment #

The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) published the draft Seventh Edition of the NetCord-FACT International Standards for Cord Blood Collection, Banking, and Release for Administration and accompanying Accreditation Manual for inspection and public comment for a 90-day period. Comments will be accepted from November 30, 2018 through March 1, 2019.

The Standards apply to all phases of cord blood collection, banking, and release for administration, including donor management, collection, processing, testing, cryopreservation, storage, listing, search, selection, reservation, release, and distribution to clinical programs.

Description and Instructions for Review and Comment
Draft NetCord-FACT Cord Blood Standards
Draft NetCord-FACT Accreditation Manual

Comments regarding the draft Seventh Edition NetCord-FACT Cord Blood Standards can be submitted by accessing the Comment Form. Comments will be accepted through March 1, 2019.

FACT Announces Accreditations Awarded in Third Quarter of 2018 #

During the third quarter of 2018, 17 entities received accreditation from the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy. For a complete list of programs achieving accreditation, review the full accreditation report.

News Release: New FACT Accreditation Portal Launched #

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NEWS RELEASE
Issued: October 1, 2018
Contact: Linda Miller


OMAHA, Neb. — The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) has announced the launch of its new FACT Accreditation Portal. Read full release

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING SIGNED BY FACT AND SBTMO TO DEVELOP JOINT ACCREDITATION PROGRAM IN BRAZIL #

OMAHA, Neb. — The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) and the Sociedade Brasileira de Transplante de Medula Óssea (SBTMO), the Brazilian Society of Bone Marrow Transplantation, have announced its formal partnership to develop a joint FACT-SBTMO Cellular Therapy Accreditation Program in Brazil. Read full release

FACT Announces Accreditations Awarded in Second Quarter of 2018 #

During the second quarter of 2018, 19 entities received accreditation from the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy. For a complete list of programs achieving accreditation, review the full accreditation report.

CBA Study Compares Standards and Accreditations #

The Cord Blood Association (CBA) Quality Standards Committee report is the result of an extensive review and analysis of banking standards, as well as questions posed to AABB and the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT). The report compares:

  • ways in which the standards are identical, similar, and different
  • each agency’s standards development process
  • methods by which compliance is determined and inspections conducted

The study was requested by the CBA Board of Directors to assist banks that are seeking accreditation from one or both accrediting organizations. Read the full study

Draft 2nd Edition FACT Common Standards Available for Public Comment #

The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) published the draft 2nd edition FACT Common Standards for Cellular Therapies for public comment during a 60-day period. Comments will be accepted from June 1, 2018 through July 31, 2018.

These Standards represent the basic fundamentals of cellular therapy that can be applied to any cell source or therapeutic application, and are intended to be used throughout product development and clinical trials.

The final Standards will be published on March 15, 2019 and will become effective on June 13, 2019.

Description and Instructions for FACT Common Standards
Draft 2nd Edition FACT Common Standards

To submit comments regarding the draft 2nd edition FACT Common Standards, follow the steps below. Comments will be accepted through July 31, 2018.

  1. Access the Comment Form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FACTPublicComment
  2. Type in your contact information and comments on the form. Fill in all fields to ensure the Standards Committee fully understands your position.
  3. Submit the form when you are finished. Once the form has been submitted, it cannot be changed. However, additional comments may be submitted by completing the form again. There is no limit to the number of forms that can be submitted.



		
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The Héma-Québec Public Cord Blood Bank (CBB) was created in 2004 to meet the needs of Quebecers and to contribute to the international effort towards a high-quality global inventory of cord blood units. Read more