The FACT Quality Management Boot Camps are popular meetings during which quality management principles are discussed in detail. A hallmark of the quality boot camp format is its focus on tangible examples directly used by accredited cellular therapy programs and cord blood banks. FACT invites cellular therapy and cord blood professionals to submit examples of innovative and effective quality management processes. The FACT Quality Management Committee will review and select commendable practices for presentation at a future quality boot camp. This is a great opportunity to showcase your organization’s success with your peers.
Do you have a quality management-related process that has worked particularly well for your organization? Are you a FACT inspector that has been impressed with an organization’s process? If so, please submit a description of the process and example documents to Heather Conway at firstname.lastname@example.org. Example processes include quality assessment activities, personnel training and competency, document control, procedural development, and other concepts related to quality management.
The next boot camp will take place during the WMDA-NetCord & FACT Cord Blood Day on September 14, 2018. Stay tuned for future boot camps in 2019!
Citations are not the only thing inspectors see on site.
Conducting FACT inspections opens a world of ideas for complying with FACT Standards and improving processes for inspectors. In fact, the exchange of ideas among peers is one of the founding principles of the accreditation program. To leverage the ideas our accredited organizations implement, FACT encourages inspectors to notify Accreditation Coordinators when they see a particularly commendable practice during onsite inspections.
Commendable practices could be a particularly efficient method for document control, sophisticated process flow mapping, physician and staff training programs, follow-up activities in response to audits, and more. As an inspector, if something strikes you as impressive or worth implementing in your own organization, we want to know about it!
To submit commendable practices, inspectors have several options:
- Mention the practice within the onsite inspection evaluation,
- Describe the process in the introduction of your inspection report, or
- Contact the FACT Accreditation Coordinator.
The ultimate goal will be to follow up with the applicable organization to learn more about the commendable practice and share it with the entire FACT community. When appropriate, ideas may be referred to our parent organizations, ASBMT and ISCT, to develop best practices. After all, accreditation is more than correcting deficiencies; accreditation celebrates the quality of the program.