Cord Blood Collection Survey Initiated
In addition to the familiar annual survey, the WMDA is sending out a new survey this year to gather information specifically from cord blood banks. The Cord Blood Working Group of the WMDA created this survey to understand the current trends and identify the main procedures in cord blood collection, processing, testing, and storage. The purpose of this additional survey is to identify the main technical procedures currently used by public cord blood banks worldwide.
Survey is here and a printable version is here (This may make it easier to enter information after data is compiled.)
WORLD CORD BLOOD CONGRESS V & INNOVATIVE CELL THERAPIES
Monaco - March 5-8, 2015
This is to inform you about the upcoming WORLD CORD BLOOD CONGRESS in Monaco.
The following individuals have been granted a NetCord travel grant for their submitted abstracts:
- Mahin Nikougoftar Zarif (Iran)
- Mozhdeh Nakhlestani Hagh (Iran)
- Doruk Cevdi Katlan (Turkey)
- Pinar Yurdakul (Turkey)
- Ahmad Darwish (Egypt)
- Leonie Powley (UK)
- Saranya Narayan (India)
- Laura Alonso (Spain)
- Renato Cunha (Brazil)
- Svenja Schwandt (Germany)
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 and 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 Webinars - Coming Soon