FACT Standards Committee Developments

Posted in :: 2018 Volume 1 :: Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Prepare for the Hematopoietic Cellular Therapy Standards, Seventh Edition

The seventh edition of the FACT-JACIE International Standards for Hematopoietic Cellular Therapy Product Collection, Processing, and Administration will be published on March 1, 2018 and will become effective on May 30, 2018. At that time, FACT will also publish minimal changes to the FACT Immune Effector Cell Standards, Version 1.1, in an effort to provide consistency and transparency among all sets of FACT Standards.

After March 1, 2018, only Compliance Applications under the seventh edition will be accepted and only inspections under this new edition will be conducted after the effective date of May 30, 2018. Programs currently pursuing renewal or initial accreditation under the sixth edition must remain mindful of these dates and ensure timely submission of pre-inspection materials and completion of the inspection.

The FACT Accreditation Services department has contacted accredited and applicant programs who will begin the accreditation process at the time of publication to discuss the transition. We understand the effort required to complete the accreditation process and will be ready to assist programs with timely submission of the Compliance Application in accordance with the new edition.

As FACT is preparing for the seventh edition, we are here to help you do the same! Several upcoming events will provide information regarding changes made and how to comply:

If you have any additional questions, please contact your FACT Accreditation Coordinator.

FACT Common Standards, Second Edition Nearing Public Comment Period

The FACT Common Standards Steering Committee will complete its initial revisions to the FACT Common Standards for Cellular Therapies, second edition at the BMT Tandem Meetings in February 2018. A draft for public review and comment is scheduled for publication in April 2018.

NetCord-FACT International Standards for Cord Blood, seventh Edition Development Process Underway

The NetCord-FACT Standards Steering Committee initiated the development process for the NetCord-FACT International Standards for Cord Blood Collection, Banking, and Release for Administration, seventh edition development, and the timeline for publishing the Standards.

The committee is excited to begin working with the subcommittees on the initial review of the documents in March. The Cord Blood Steering Committee roster can be found on the FACT website.

Article written by Andra Moehring, MHA