Approximately 70 representatives of bone marrow transplant centers attended the FACT-SBTMO Accreditation Program Workshop on July 31, 2019; an initiative that is the result of the partnership between the Brazilian Society of Bone Marrow Transplant (SBTMO) and the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy.
The meeting clarified the requirements and the operational dynamics of the accreditation process for Brazilian cell therapy transplant centers.
As Carlos Bachier and Phyllis Warkentin of the FACT Global Accreditation Committee have reported, it may seem complex at first, but it is certainly possible to complete each of the gradual steps in the process toward accreditation.
The accreditation will be valid for 3 years. The estimated time to complete the initial certification cycle is 2 years. The program was designed taking into account the structure and operations of the Brazilian centers, including the interest of the 39 TMO centers that responded to the SBTMO Online Survey distributed to gather the demographics of the national transplant programs.
For over 20 years, FACT has established international standards for the collection, processing and administration of hematopoietic cell therapy products. It is worth mentioning that Brazil was the pioneer in Latin America when in 2012 Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein (HIAE) was awarded FACT accreditation. Albert Einstein has been re-accredited in 2015 and 2018.
In addition to Brazil, FACT has accredited 255 cell therapy programs in 6 countries: Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, United States.
It is noteworthy that FACT accreditation is based on the FACT-JACIE (The Joint Accreditation Committee ISCT-Europe & EBMT) Standards, which is Europe’s only official accreditation body in the field of HSCT and cell therapy.
Expression of Interest
If you wish to express your interest in joining the accreditation program in Brazil, please send the following data to SBTMO – via firstname.lastname@example.org or FACT – via email@example.com
- Transplant Center Name
- Name of Contact Person
- Full address
Put in the subject line of the message : “FACT-SBTMO Accreditation”