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How to become an inspector

1. Characteristics:

Candidates to be inspectors should have the following personal characteristics:

  • an open–minded approach to inspections and standards
  • a commitment to JACIE (standards, processes, deadlines)
  • team spirit
  • good communication and inter-personal skills
2. Qualifications:

The following are the minimum criteria for an inspector:
  • Each inspector shall have completed a training course for new inspectors, passed the associated exam based on the Standards and complete periodic inspector training modules as prepared by JACIE.
  • Training & Experience:
    • An inspector of a Clinical Transplant Program shall hold a medical degree, be currently licensed to practice medicine, and be specialist trained and certified in one of the following: Hematology, Medical Oncology, Pediatric Immunology, or Pediatric Hematology/Oncology with evidence of a minimum of five years of clinical blood and marrow transplant experience in a consultant/specialist role (periods of intern/resident training are not considered). JACIE may request a clear breakdown of periods managing transplant patients and/or written confirmation of experience from a supervisor.  Updated: 26-07-2017 to include text on experience and training periods; 11-02-2016 to include list of specialties
    • An inspector of a Haematopoietic Progenitor Cell Collection Facility shall hold a medical degree or degree in a relevant science and have five years experience in haematopoietic cell collection procedures, including apheresis; or, shall have five years experience as the nurse or technician supervising the collection of peripheral blood progenitor cells by apheresis. If a physician, be currently licensed to practice medicine.
    • An inspector of a Cell Processing Laboratory shall hold a medical degree or PhD or a professional degree in biological sciences or medical technology, and have five years experience as a Laboratory Director, Medical Director, or Supervisor of an HPC Laboratory
    • An inspector for Quality Management shall have 3 years experience as a Quality Manager in an accredited centre or in preparing a centre for accreditation, provide a letter from the Programme Director confirming this experience and be able to show evidence (documented) of continuous education and training in quality management and cellular therapies. This can include internal and external training. See here for more on the background to the Quality Management Inspector.
  • The inspector shall complete and sign a statement to the effect that she/he is qualified by medical/scientific training and experience to be a JACIE inspector.
  • The inspector shall be a member of ISCT, EBMT, or similar society or association.

Retired experts

JACIE is happy to consider candidates to be inspectors who have retired from their day-to-day clinical or laboratory duties up to 5 years from their retirement date. This replaces the previous limit of 3 years and the extension was approved by the JACIE Committee on 29 March 2014.

3. Training

To promote uniformity and consistency in the process, and fairness to applicant facilities, it is important that inspectors have a common, up-to-date understanding of the principles of the JACIE Standards and of the approach the organisation takes to the inspection and accreditation process. To this end, inspectors shall complete certain specific training courses, ongoing inspector development and self-assessment materials, and the associated post-course exam.

In addition, each inspector shall be provided with current materials of the Accreditation Programme, including a copy of Standards and the Accreditation Manual.

For purposes of education or specific inspector training, technical personnel, interns, residents or other staff physicians may accompany the inspection team if permission for observers to be present has been granted in advance from the Programme Director, Collection Facility Medical Director, or Laboratory Director. Such individuals will not perform independently any of the portions of the inspections.

NOTE: JACIE will only consider applications to be appointed a JACIE Inspector from individuals who have attended an Inspector Training Course and who satisfy the above criteria.

Register as a JACIE Inspector

If you have attended a JACIE Inspector Training Course and you wish to be considered as a JACIE inspector, then you are required to:
  • complete the online Inspector Registration Form. For Quality Manager Inspectors, please complete this form.
  • pass a competencies-based interview (15-20 min by telephone/Skype - from January 2017)
  • complete the exam based on the JACIE Standards
  • return copies of your licence to practice medicine and relevant medical qualifications and a short version (including experience) of your curriculum vitae.
    Candidates who are listed as members of an EBMT member centre will not be required to provide this documentation but should indicate the CIC of their centre. Check membership at
The Inspector Registration Form must be completed and returned to the JACIE Office along with the Exam. The exam is a test of your interpretation of the JACIE standards. It is an open-book exam and may be completed at your convenience using the JACIE Accreditation Manual (current edition).
The exam is divided into 5 sections - Inspection process, techniques & common standards, Clinical, Collection, Processing and Quality Management. While you must complete the first part and any other section(s) of the exam, you will only be considered an inspector if you achieve a pass mark in the area that you have indicated on the Inspector Registration Form and for which you are suitably qualified through experience and training.

Classmarker, the online exam, will alert the JACIE Office when a new test is completed. Surveymonkey will alert JACIE when a new Inspector Registration Form has been completed. Please return copies of your relevant qualifications and CV form by email to the JACIE Office clearly indicating your full name.

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