Accreditation Statistics

As of May 2, 2024

Cellular Therapy Entities

  • Accredited: 262
  • Applicants: 30

Cord Blood Banks

  • Accredited: 48
  • Applicants: 10

 

Initial Accreditations

  • Abu Dhabi Stem Cell Center, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates | Cellular Therapy Product Processing with Minimal Manipulation
  • CHN - Complexo Hospitalar de Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | Adult and Pediatric Allogeneic and Autologous Hematopoietic Progenitor Cell Transplantation, Marrow and  Peripheral Blood Cellular Therapy Product Collection, and Cellular Therapy Product Processing with Minimal Manipulation

     

A complete list of accredited organizations can be found at https://accredited.factglobal.org/.

FACT India Working Group

Posted in :: 2024 Volume 2 :: Tuesday, April 9th, 2024

By Nadim Mahmud, MD, PhD
University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago

India has a population of more than 1.4 billion, and about 105 bone marrow transplant (BMT) centers performing approximately 2,000 stem cell transplants annually. In North America, Europe, or Australia there are more than 300 transplants performed per 10 million people. Based on this transplant utilization number, India may need to perform about an estimated 39,000 transplants per year. Since only 2,000 transplants are performed, a gap of 37,000 transplants per year exists. Thus, there remains a huge gap in capacity to perform BMT for its population need. On the other hand, even for 105 existing BMT centers, there is a notable lack of trained transplant physicians, nurses, and quality managers.

The first BMT center in Vellore was established in 1986 (Christian Medical College), yet there had been no FACT-accredited transplant centers in India until recently. During one of my visits to the Haematocon (Indian Society of Haematology & Blood Transfusion) meeting in Bangalore, I had an informal meeting with Dr. Mammen Chandy. Dr. Mammen is also the pioneer in establishing the first BMT center in India. This conversation led to an informal visit to Tata Medical Transplant Center in Kolkata in 2017.

Since 2012, FACT has attempted to actively engage with transplant centers in India. FACT offered a workshop during the Asia-Pacific Blood and Marrow Transplantation Group (APBMT) Congress held in Hyderabad, India , outlining the benefits and scope of FACT accreditation. The FACT India Working Group (IWG) was formed in 2018 to encourage BMT centers to attempt to take part in the FACT accreditation process. A broad group of ten participating centers from various parts of India is participating in the IWG designed to address the regional needs of the country. The centers are completing self-assessments of their programs to identify any potential barriers to compliance with FACT Standards, clarify the intent of requirements, and assess their readiness for accreditation. Tata Medical Center (Kolkata) is one of the active participants in IWG.

Having BMT programs accredited by organizations like FACT would facilitate a standard quality management program outlining policies, procedures, and deviation management. Such awareness can greatly improve patient care and transplant outcomes. Having a stringent quality management program and data sharing among peer transplant groups would enable establishing outcome benchmarks to stride towards overcoming barriers.

This year, the Tata Medical Center in Kolkata is the first ever BMT center in India to be awarded FACT accreditation. This is a huge milestone for having a BMT program with an established quality management program.  There are only two other FACT-accredited BMT centers in Asia: one in Singapore and one in Saudi Arabia. As the FACT IWG chair, along with the working group’s staff liaison Sarah-Litel Smith (FACT Accreditation Supervisor) and the FACT office, we are encouraged to see interest in achieving FACT accreditation and thus fulfilling a commitment to patients undergoing stem cell transplants anywhere to have the best outcomes possible. We firmly believe that other transplant centers in India will see the benefits and join this endeavor to achieve FACT accreditation.

This was only possible due to the tremendous support and faith from the FACT Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Linda Miller, and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Phyllis Warkentin, for IWG to carry on despite slow progress at the beginning. Personally, I am indebted to Professor Mammen Chandy from Tata Medical Center for his wisdom facilitating the process and advocating the need for FACT accreditation not only for Tata Medical Center but for all BMT centers in India. FACT is also grateful to the organizers of Haematocon, the annual conference of the Indian Society of Haematology and Blood Transfusion (ISHBT), for facilitating FACT Quality workshops over the years.