Register for Upcoming Events!

Posted in :: 2024 Volume 2 :: Tuesday, April 9th, 2024

We invite you to apply to train at the FACT Apheresis Collection Inspector Training Course on April 16, 2024, in conjunction with the American Society for Apheresis (ASFA) 2024 Annual Meeting scheduled for April 17 – 19, 2024, at the Resorts World, Las Vegas, NV.

Earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for attending! Inspector trainees and Inspectors can register today for this great training event.

image This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) through the joint providership of Edward-Elmhurst Health and FACT. Edward-Elmhurst Health is accredited by the ISMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This live activity is designated for a maximum of 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

To register, please visit: https://learn.factglobal.org/products/2024-fact-inspector-training-at-asfa


We invite you to attend the FACT-CTTC Quality Boot Camp on Wednesday, May 1, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria, British Columbia. Participants will hear expert presentations and engage in roundtable activities facilitated by experienced FACT Inspectors and quality personnel.

Registration for this event is being held by Cell Therapy Transplant Canada.

The deadline to register for this special session is 11:59pm PT on April 28, 2024.

To register, please visit: https://www.cttcanada.org/page/2024meeting.


We invite you to apply to train at the FACT Processing Inspector Training Course on May 28, 2024, in conjunction with the International Society for Cell & Gene Therapy (ISCT) Conference in Vancouver, BC, held May 29 – June 1, 2024, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building. Connecting with global experts from academic, regulatory, and industry in the cell and gene therapy field.

Earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for attending! Inspector trainees and Inspectors can register today for this great training event.

image This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) through the joint providership of Edward-Elmhurst Health and FACT. Edward-Elmhurst Health is accredited by the ISMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This live activity is designated for a maximum of 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

To register, please visit: https://learn.factglobal.org/products/2024-fact-inspector-training-at-isct-vancouver


Join the 2023 FACT Education Tour!

Posted in :: 2022 Volume 6 :: Tuesday, December 20th, 2022

As the new year approaches, so does our upcoming tour of educational events! We are excited to see you in person or virtually. The following is a list of locations and sessions – which stop will you join?

Register for the FACT Cellular Therapy Accreditation Workshop! 

We invite you to attend the Cellular Therapy Accreditation Workshop in conjunction with the 2023 Tandem Meetings on Tuesday, February 14, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida. FACT’s Accreditation Workshops make learning about the accreditation process and related Standards an up-close and personal experience. Accreditation Workshops are collaborative events where you will be able to work through a series of scenario-based case studies supplemented with presentations facilitated by experienced FACT instructors.

The Cellular Therapy Accreditation Workshop provides a high-level overview of topics including requirements and expectations for accreditation, how to position your organization to pursue accreditation, and the most commonly cited Standards. Additional areas of discussion include manufacturer audits and corrective action plans and audits to improve outcomes and data management.

Book your ticket NOW!

FACT Clinical Inspector Training Course 

We invite you to attend the FACT Clinical Inspector Training Course in conjunction with the 2023 Tandem Meetings on Tuesday, February 14, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida. FACT’s Inspector Training Courses make learning about the inspection process an up-close and personal experience with practical, hands-on sessions simulating performing an inspection supplemented with presentations facilitated by experienced FACT inspectors.

The FACT Inspector Training Course is for clinical inspector trainees only. Trainees must complete all pre-training course requirements before attending. The training course is a collaborative event where the trainee will work with an experienced FACT inspector to review the entire inspection process from beginning to end.

FACT instructors will educate inspector trainees on the following topics during the inspector training course:

  • Inspection preparation essentials
  • Important technology tools
  • Advance review of documents
  • Clinical program tour
  • Facility documents
  • Patient record review
  • Post-inspection requirements

If you are interested in training as a FACT inspector, please contact Suzanne Birnley at suzanne.birnley@factglobal.org or visit https://www.factglobal.org/inspectors/.

Book your ticket NOW!

Register for the FACT – ASTCT Quality Boot Camp!

We invite you to attend the FACT – ASTCT Quality Boot Camp on Wednesday, February 15, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the World Center Marriott in Orlando, FL. This is a collaborative event where you will participate in a series of roundtable activities supplemented with presentations facilitated by experienced FACT inspectors and quality personnel.

The theme of the FACT – ASTCT Quality Boot Camp is: Strengthen your Quality Management Program through the Effective Use of Quality Tools. Using the right quality tool can help reduce errors, improve communication, help maintain compliance, and save programs time and resources while improving the overall quality of your program and processes.

During the quality boot camp, FACT instructors will discuss tools and techniques most commonly used in quality management and process improvement including:

  1. SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats)
  2. Risk Assessment and Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  3. The Five Whys
  4. Fishbone/Ishikawa Diagram

Book your ticket NOW!

If you cannot join us in Orlando, future stops include:

FACT Virtual Apheresis Collection and Processing Accreditation Workshop

Virtual, Wednesday, April 19, 2023

8:00 am – 5:00 pm CT

Book your ticket now! 

FACT Apheresis Collection Inspector Training Course

Minneapolis, MN April 2023

8:00 am – 5:00 pm CT

Book your ticket now!

FACT Cord Blood Accreditation Workshop

Paris, France, May 30, 2023

8:00 am – 5:00 pm CT

Book your ticket now! 

FACT Cord Blood Inspector Training Course

Paris, France, May 30, 2023

8:00 am – 5:00 pm CT

Book your ticket now! 

FACT Collection, Processing, and Cord Blood Virtual Quality Boot Camp

Virtual, June 23, 2023

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Book your ticket now!

FACT Accreditation and Quality Principles Workshop

Perth, Australia, August 7, 2023

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration Open Soon!

FACT Processing Inspector Training Course

Houston, TX, September 7, 2023

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Book your ticket now!


FACT Events Returned to In-Person Format in April and May 2022!

Posted in :: 2022 Volume 2 :: Friday, June 17th, 2022

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!


Register for the Virtual FACT-ISCT Quality Boot Camp!

Posted in :: 2022 Volume 2 :: Friday, June 17th, 2022

This year’s quality boot camp will focus on a program’s Quality Management Plan and the annual review of the effectiveness of the overall Quality Management Program.  How do you evaluate each key quality topic and incorporate them into your program’s report?  The boot camp will discuss tools you may use and how topics may be presented to different groups within your program.  Join us for the day and work on Building Your Annual Quality Report.

Sessions Include:

  • Writing Your Program’s Story: The Annual Quality Report
  • Illustrating Collaborations and Relationships
  • Evaluating the Impact of Validations Performed
  • Using Occurrences to Drive Process Improvement
  • Telling the Story: Presenting and Distributing the Annual Report

The day will also include various roundtable discussions to expand on and explore questions related to the information covered during the sessions.

Quality Boot Camp Host:

Kimberly Kasow, DO
UNC Bone Marrow Transplant and
Cellular Therapy Program

Register Now