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A Letter to NetCord Members - From Etienne Baudoux

Dear NetCord Members,

I wish to come back to decisions that have been made with a large consensus in Valencia in last April, regarding the transition to a WMDA-based organization.

Steps are currently being taken to move forward to the direction assigned by the BOD, and I want to share with you the results of the latest talks with NetCord and WMDA officers, as well as with our administrative and business offices in chocago.

Please read carefully the attached ppt file made by Lydia Foeken, Gesine Koegler and myself that follows the patyh of our thoughts and efforts over the last 12 months or so.

We would highly value your feedback and questions about any of the aspects of the important move we are preparing to make, so please come back to us as soon as possible, in order to integrate eventual suggestions that you may have for the project. In the absence of reaction or objection within 4 weeks from now, we would carry on with the project as planned.

As soon as we have relevant information to share, we will come back to you.

We thank you for your attention, and hope to talk to you soon.

With kind regards, on behalf of the EC.



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6th Edition NetCord-FACT Cord Blood Standards Published #

NetCord and FACT published the 6th edition NetCord-FACT International Standards for Cord Blood Collection, Banking, and Release for Administration and its accompanying Accreditation Manual on July 1, 2016. These Standards will become effective after 90 days, and all accredited cord blood banks must comply with the requirements by that time.

These Standards cover 1) collection of cord blood cells, regardless of the methodology or site of collection; 2) screening, testing, and eligibility determination of the maternal and infant donor according to Applicable Law; 3) all phases of processing, cryopreservation, and storage, including quarantine, testing, and characterization of the cord blood unit; 4) making the cord blood unit available for administration, either directly or through listing with a search registry; 5) the search process for selection of specific cord blood units; 6) reservation and release of cord blood units for clinical use; and 7) all transport or shipment of cord blood units, whether fresh or cryopreserved.

The Standards and accompanying Accreditation Manual, summary of changes, crosswalks, and self-assessment tool are all available on the FACT website for reference. Printed copies of the Standards and Accreditation Manual may be purchased from the FACT store.

Accreditation Manual
Summary of Changes and Crosswalks
Self-Assessment Tool
Purchase Printed Copies