Recently on Share the Science, Dr. Phyllis I. Warkentin, Chief Medical Officer at FACT, gave a preview to the upcoming changes for FACT Accreditation Standards.
As the Chief Medical Officer for the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT), Dr. Phyllis I. Warkentin is at the forefront of the cord blood industry. Her unique experience and perspective are valued not only by those who are members of FACT but the stem cell community at large.
Save the Cord Foundation and Mediware recently welcomed Dr. Warkentin as a featured speaker on our Share the Science webinar series. She took the opportunity to openly discuss the upcoming 6th edition NetCord-FACT Standards which will be published in July 2016.
FACT is a unique organization and one of only two groups that officially accredit cord blood banks worldwide. Established in 1996, it is a non-profit group focused on standards for high quality medical and laboratory practice in cellular therapies. The voluntary inspection program is at the core of the group’s purpose as it relies heavily on peer review and a collegial approach.
FACT standards are reviewed and updated every three years based on scientific advances, recommendations from cord blood banking experts, and common deficiencies. As a founding member of the FACT Board of Directors, Dr. Warkentin established the standards-setting and accrediting arm of FACT’s parent organizations: The American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) and the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT).
During her presentation (view the recorded webinar now), Dr. Warkentin explained in detail why FACT chose to make these changes in accreditation standards and extended recommendations to cord blood banks globally on how to best meet the new standards.
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*Save the Cord Foundation and Mediware wish to thank
Dr. Warkentin and FACT for helping to make this webinar possible.
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