Like many other organizations, FACT is in the midst of a busy event schedule to provide training to FACT-accredited and applicant programs and volunteer FACT inspectors. We encourage you to not only attend an event yourself, but to also encourage your colleagues and administrations to support personnel attendance as well. To that end, we are offering in-person events in conjunction with annual and regional meetings across the globe. Moreover, we are offering virtual workshops in case you cannot attend in person. This newsletter provides the details and links to all these upcoming events and I sincerely hope you will be able to attend some of these educational and training opportunities.
I also want to draw your attention to an article in this newsletter about responding to inspection citations. These findings are an opportunity for improvement. FACT accreditation is not a pass-fail event, and we encourage you to consider the process as a mechanism to improve the care you provide to your patients.
Finally, and importantly, we always seek opportunities for improvement at FACT. In particular, I urge you to submit your feedback on the draft second edition of the FACT Standards for Immune Effector Cells and the current edition of the FACT-JACIE International Standards for Hematopoietic Cellular Therapy Product Collection, Processing, and Administration. Further, if there are any other opportunities you would like to communicate, please do not hesitate to reach out. I look forward to hearing from you!
Catherine M. Bollard, MD