EBMT NEWSLETTER | January 2014 | Volume 39 - Issue 1

Important dates
We closed 2013 with 57 inspections completed, a new record for JACIE. 56 applications were received and 43 accreditation awards were made. We look forward to an equally busy 2014. 


AHCTA survey on Processing Personnel qualifications, training and competency

The Alliance for Harmonisation of Cellular Therapy Accreditation (AHCTA) requests processing facilities to complete a survey to assist with developing recommendations for cell processing laboratory staff qualifications, training and competency. Please limit your responses to just those staff responsible for the processing of minimally manipulated products like hematopoietic progenitor cells (HPC) for stem cell transplantation and therapeutic cells (TC)- T cells.

The deadline is 31 January 2014. Access the survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AHCTAProcessing2013

Survey following RPMI shortage and controversy of risks associated with HES

The EBMT through JACIE and the Cell Processing Committee has received information from a number of sources about a shortage of and/or conditions of use for ancillary materials used for cell processing (see examples below).

Closing date is Wednesday 21 January 2013. Access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CT_ancillary_products



Curso de formación de auditores, 12-13 March 2014, Málaga, Spain

Criteria for participants
In order to be admitted to the course, participants must meet the criteria to be an inspector described at http://www.jacie.org/inspectors/how-to-become-an-inspector.

Inspector Training Course, 2-3 October 2014, Barcelona, Spain

Criteria for participants
In order to be admitted to the course, participants must meet the criteria to be an inspector described at http://www.jacie.org/inspectors/how-to-become-an-inspector

More information at http://www.jacie.org/events/inspector-training-course-2-3-october-2014
If you have any doubts or questions about the criteria, please contact the JACIE Office at eoin.mcgrath@ebmt.org.

Both of the courses are free and includes catering and materials. Travel and other costs are the responsibility of the attendees.

For all events, go to http://www.jacie.org/events


Describe the impact of JACIE on your unit and enter a competition to win a day-pass worth €250 for EBMT 2014

We all hear anecdotes about what changed as a result of implementing the FACT-JACIE Standards. Some centres changed their process for ordering blood which led to reduced costs and waste. Others improved their patient records system. Others were able to improve their apheresis facilities by using the inspection to present a plan for changes to their hospital administration. We think that it is important to share these experiences and so invite you to describe the impact on your centre.
More information at http://www.jacie.org/news/ebmt2014competition
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