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Sue Armitage, BSc

Sue has over twenty years of experience in the stem cell field with 20 years specializing in cord blood banking.  She participated in the initiative and development of the NetCord-FACT International Standards for Cord Blood Banking.  Her professional responsibilities at the NHS London and University of Texas MD Anderson Cord Blood Banks have included design, development, expansion, operation and improvement of all cord blood banking activities and systems, from donor recruitment through release for transplant; ensuring daily operation within the regulatory requirements in both the UK and US.  Sue established and managed a stem cell laboratory within the National Blood Service, providing clinical service to local London hospitals, including stem cell assays and cryopreservation.  She presented at over 30 national and international conferences and was an instructor for 12 FACT cord blood bank workshops and for postgraduate courses in transfusion medicine and cord blood banking.  Sue has performed 18 FACT inspections for Cord Blood Banking and has served on several FACT committees including FACT-NetCord Standards Committee, FACT Training and Development Committee, and FACT-NetCord Accreditation Committee. 

Areas of Expertise

Cord blood banking: design, development, qualification, validation, implementation and operation for collection, processing, cryopreservation, storage and issue for transplantation of cord blood units.

Total quality management: quality control, quality assurance, document control, facility management, training, performance indicators.

Scope of Experience

  • 18 years of benchtop laboratory experience
  • 25 years of management experience
  • 20 years of cord blood banking experience
  • 17 years as a FACT inspector for cord blood banks

Market Sector Focus

Cord blood collection, banking, processing, quality control, storage, and release of units.

Relevant Assignments

  • Performed 18 FACT inspections for Cord Blood Banking
  • ISCT member
  • NetCord Member
  • UK BTS/NIBSC Standing Advisory Committee for Tissues & Stem Cells member (2000- 2005), Secretary (2005 – 2007)
  • FACT Training and Development Committee member (2008 -2013)
  • FACT FACTWeb Oversight Committee member (2013 – 2017)
  • FACT-NetCord Board Accreditation Committee member (2001 - 2017)
  • FACT-NetCord Standards Committee member (2006 – 2015)
  • FACT-NetCord Co-chair, Standards Collection Sub-Committee (2006 –2015)
  • WMDA Cord Blood Working Group (2009 – 2015)
  • CIBMTR, Stem Cell Therapeutic Outcome Data (SCTOD) Data Advisory Group member (2007)
  • CIBMTR, SCTOD Cord Blood Data Working Group member (2008-2015)
  • NMDP Cord Blood Collection Subcommittee member (2009-2015)
  • NMDP Cord Blood Advisory Group member (2011 – 2015)
  • CBA Executive Director (2015 – 2016)

Qualifications & Registrations

  • Degree – BSc Hons, Microbiology, University of London, University College 1972 – 1975
  • Registered Health Professional - Clinical Scientist CS.00061, 2001


As a Matter of FACT

FACT was formally known as “FAHCT” (The Foundation for the Accreditation of Hematopoietic Cellular Therapy) until it expanded operations into other cellular therapies beyond hematopoietic cells.

Accreditation Success Story

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

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