JACIE's primary aim is to promote high quality patient care and laboratory performance in haematopoietic stem cell collection, processing and transplantation centres through the development of global standards and an internationally recognised system of accreditation.

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EBMT-TV 2016

In 1998, the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) and the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) established the Joint Accreditation Committee-ISCT & EBMT. Based on the already existing FAHCT (later FACT) programme in the USA, the objective was to offer an inspection-based accreditation process in the field of haematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation against established international standards. The Standards were approved by the EBMT General Assembly during the 1998 Annual Meeting in Courmayeur.

JACIE collaborates with the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) to develop and maintain global standards for the provision of quality medical and laboratory practice in cellular therapy. Based on these standards, JACIE offers accreditation to transplant programmes in order to encourage health institutions and facilities performing HSC transplantation to establish and maintain quality management systems impacting on all aspects of their activities and to engage in continuous improvement.

For all purposes, JACIE is a committee of the EBMT. Members are appointed by and are accountable to the EBMT Board.
ISCT is represented through two members of the Committee.

As an EBMT committee, JACIE is part of the EBMT's fiscal and legal identity. More information at www.ebmt.org

Organisational Chart
Organigram 2016-05-30

External Recognition

European Union support
The JACIE Accreditation Programme was supported in 2004 by the European Commission under the Public Health Programme 2003-2008 (Project No. 2003208).
In a 2011 review of spending under the Public Health Programme, JACIE was highlighted as an exemplary project:

"The JACIE project is considered an outstanding example of how EU funding can facilitate the harmonisation, implementation and use of common standards. It is also outstanding in its continuing activities after the end of the project period and its success with regard to international collaboration and contribution to public health policies and regulation" (p.79)

See the report here.

See Regulations & guidelines for more information about the external recognition of JACIE accreditation and standards.


According to the International Society for Quality in Healthcare, accreditation is a process "in which trained external peer reviewers evaluate a health care organization’s compliance with pre-established  performance standards ... Unlike licensure, accreditation focuses on continuous improvement strategies and  achievement of optimal quality standards, rather than adherence to minimal standards intended to assure public safety.” *

For JACIE, accreditation is the means by which a centre can demonstrate that it is performing to a required level of practice in accordance with agreed standards of excellence. Essentially it allows a centre to certify that it operates an effective quality management system. A quality management system is a mechanism to ensure that procedures are being carried out in line with agreed standards with full participation by all staff members. In a cell transplant programme, this ensures that the clinical, collection and laboratory units are all working together to achieve excellent communication, effective common work practices and increased guarantees for patients. It is a means of rapidly identifying errors or accidents and resolving them so that the possibility of repetition is minimised. It assists in training and clearly identifies the roles and responsibilities of all staff. Once the required level of quality has been achieved, the remaining challenge is to maintain this standard of practice. With a working quality management system in place and adequate resources, the fundamental elements necessary to sustain the programme are continued staff commitment and vigilance.

* Shaw CD. Toolkit for Accreditation Programs. The International Society for Quality In Health Care, Australia. 2004

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