EBMT NEWSLETTER | November 2015 | Volume 49 - Issue 1

Important dates
  1. Quality Management @ EBMT 2016
  2. 29th JACIE Training Course - Report
  3. Quality management inspectors - Call for candidates
  4. New mechanism to establish equivalence to doctoral degrees for processing facility directors
  5. JACIE Inspectors – reminder about expenses reclaims

Quality Management @ EBMT 2016

The programme for the Annual Meeting 2016 in Valencia is now available on line. Most of the QM content will take place on the Tuesday of the meeting as usual but there is also a very interesting session at lunchtime on Monday as part of the Cell Therapy Day. Also note that this year a new ‘Quick Fire’ session will replace the QM Workshop. More details will be available shortly.

The QM abstracts topics are: Accreditation; Quality management; Regulatory issues; Sharing best practices.

The deadline for submission for Physicians, Data and Quality managers is 15 December 2015 so there is still time to prepare.

If you need some inspiration, have a look at Tuula Rintala’s talk from EBMT 2015 on “EBMT Annual Meeting Abstract – What do we look for?” 

29th JACIE Training Course - Report

October 1-2 2015 in Barcelona, Spain

26 physicians, scientists, nurses and quality managers from 11 countries - Belgium, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Spain, The Netherlands, Norway and UK - attended the two-day event.

The course blended inspector training with content of general interest with regard to the Standards and the accreditation process. There was plenty of interaction between the participants which we believe is one of the main benefits of these courses where challenges and solutions are shared (even if it means that suffer a little with time management!).

Iris Bargalló, Raquel Espada and Eoin McGrath (JACIE Office staff) led much of the course with a mix of presentations and exercises to keep the content ‘fresh’. We were also fortunate to count on the participation of Aurora Vassanelli (Verona, Italy), Ivana Ferrero (Turin, Italy) and Miguel Lozano (Barcelona, Spain) - all experienced inspectors – who helped to ensure that the requirements of the Standards were ‘translated’ into the day-to-day work of the participants.

Ismail Bakhsh (S. Arabia) participating in the recent JACIE Course

One participant enjoyed “the good atmosphere, very interactive”. A quality manager said “[it was] a very good course, very useful [and] well prepared”. A physician participant described the course “as fantastic and very informative” while another attendee said “I thoroughly enjoyed it …. food for thought”.
Participants enjoyed dinner at the Semproiana restaurant, a short walk from the course venue.

JACIE is grateful for the generous support from our sponsors Therakos. The course was approved for CME credits by the EHA.

The next JACIE course is on October 6-7 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. However we firmly expect to run another course in the UK in early June next year and hope to organise other events elsewhere during the course of the year. Information will be posted on the EBMT and JACIE websites in due course. Keep an eye on the educational section of the EBMT website.

Quality management inspectors - Call for candidates

In late October, we launched a call for candidates to become Quality Management Inspectors. JACIE plans to introduce inspectors specifically to focus on the quality management standards in mid-2016 alongside the existing inspector profiles. These inspectors will be responsible for assessing compliance with the standards for quality management and policies and procedures across all services in transplant programmes. More information can be found at http://www.jacie.org/news/qualitymanagersinspectors-callforcandidates.

New mechanism to establish equivalence to doctoral degrees for processing facility directors

The FACT-JACIE Standards, 6th edition, describe the academic requirements for the position of Processing Facility Director (PFD):

D3.1.1 There shall be a Processing Facility Director with a medical degree, doctoral degree, or equivalent degree in a relevant science, qualified by a minimum of two (2) years training and experience for the scope of activities carried out in the Processing Facility.

JACIE has developed a points system to be applied in those cases where the PFD does not hold a doctoral degree but has other qualifications combined with experience. More information at:

JACIE Inspectors – reminder about expenses reclaims

As we approach the end of 2015, inspectors are reminded to send in their expenses claims as soon as possible to ensure that they are processed quickly. If in doubt, write to jacie@ebmt.org
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