New WBMT President-Elect Announced
Dear WBMT Board members:
I apologize for the delay in correspondence but I happily report that Dr. Jeff Szer (ABMTRR) had the most number of votes during the recent election for the President-Elect position. It became effective immediately and he has already attended a first Executive Committee meeting. We all look forward to working with him more closely at that level.
Per Bylaws, the results must be formally ratified during the next Board meeting. This teleconference will occur in summer; you can expect a notice very soon.
Please join me in welcoming Jeff to the President-Elect position.
President, Worldwide Network for Blood and Marrow Transplantation
NetCord-FACT Reference Available
The fifth edition of the NetCord-FACT International Standards for Cord Blood Collection, Banking, and Release for Administration and its accompanying Accreditation Manual are published and available on the FACT website. These documents can be downloaded for free or purchased in printed form via the FACT store. In addition to the Standards and Accreditation Manual, the Summary of Changes, a fourth to fifth edition crosswalk, and a printable Compliance Application (for example only) are available online.
The fifth edition became effective on September 29, 2013. All accredited cord blood banks must be in compliance with the Standards by that date. The Summary of Changes document is intended to assist with the transition. While this outline does not address every change, it does highlight the major revisions to the Standards and provides explanations.
Upcoming NetCord-FACT Educational Events
NetCord and the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) collaborate to publish international standards and educational activities for cord blood banking. The NetCord webinars are offered as a benefit to its member banks. Registration for the sessions is powered by FACTWeb, an online system that requires users to log in. Instructions are provided at the time of registration.
Register for Upcoming NetCord-FACT Webinars - Coming Soon