FACT hosted several in-person education events this spring and one fundamental truth that became apparent following the COVID-19 pandemic is that we are social creatures who crave interaction! Despite the quick pivot we did to successfully do business virtually, we were anxious to get back to in-person meetings and conferences.
FACT and ASTCT hosted a Quality Boot Camp on April 22 at the 2022 Tandem Meetings. Approximately 100 people participated in the boot camp. This year’s agenda focused on the program’s Quality Management Plan and the annual review of the effectiveness of the overall Quality Management Program.
FACT also welcomed visitors to its exhibit booth at the 2022 Tandem Meetings to provide information about accreditation and educational activities.
On May 3, FACT hosted a Cellular Therapy Collection Accreditation Workshop at the 2022 ASFA Annual Meeting. Topics included growing variations in collection requirements, labeling, and chain of identity and custody for IEC products collected in apheresis facilities, and creating a cohesive quality management program with an outside collection center.
Additionally, FACT hosted inspector training courses for clinical hematopoietic, immune effector cellular therapy, marrow collection, apheresis collection, and cell processing trainees at the meetings. The courses guided trainees through the inspection experience including accepting an inspection assignment, submitting the inspection report, and participating in the relevant Accreditation Committee meeting.
All events were successful and FACT looks forward to future in-person education events!
We are excited to gather in person with the cord blood banking community once again. FACT’s recent in-person events reminded us that connecting face-to-face is an unparalleled experience, and we look forward to spontaneous hallway conversations, the sound of chatter, the joy of networking, and the reactions from a live audience. No computer screen, virtual call, or digital experience can replace the benefits and positive experiences of meeting in person.
Without further ado, FACT invites you to join us for the following education events in conjunction with Cord Blood Connect 2022 in Miami, Florida. We hope to see you there!
FACT Cord Blood Accreditation and Quality Principles Workshop on September 8, 2022
This workshop is designed to explain the requirements for FACT cord blood bank accreditation and examine quality principles. FACT representatives will be in attendance to assist programs in organizing and preparing for the accreditation process and to address quality principles of cord blood banking.
Early bird pricing is available through July 14th!
FACT Inspector Training Course
In addition to the workshop, FACT will host an Inspector Training Course on September 8, 2022. The purpose of this course is to train eligible individuals to serve as FACT cord blood bank inspectors. The course is designed to guide the trainee through the inspection process including document review, on-site assessment, and Accreditation Committee review.
FACT is actively seeking new cord blood inspectors. If you are interested in training as a FACT inspector and meet the following requirements, we encourage you to apply!
- Affiliated with a FACT accredited or applicant organization.
- Meets educational and professional qualifications and has the appropriate work experience related to his/her area(s) of expertise.
Approved inspector trainees should register here for the Inspector Training Course on September 8th. Approved trainees attend free of charge.
If you have any questions about upcoming FACT Events, please contact Mikaela VanMoorleghem.