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Mechanism to establish equivalence to doctoral degrees for processing facility directors

posted 7 Oct 2015, 03:03 by Eoin McGrath   [ updated 10 Jan 2017, 08:35 ]
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.

A doctoral degree including a medical degree is considered as the ‘gold standard’ of scientific and medical achievement. However, the term doctoral degree is not applied in a uniform fashion in all countries. The Guidance to Standard D3.1.1, 6th edition FACT-JACIE Standards reads:

Some regions of the world may have degrees that are equivalent to the doctoral degree. If a Processing Facility Director has such a degree, significant and compelling information regarding the degree requirements must be submitted to demonstrate equivalency (p.325).

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. This system is described in this document (also available below this text or on request to