See also Events for training courses and other events of interest.
The FACT-JACIE Standards Committee will begin drafting the 7th edition International Standards for Hematopoietic Cellular Therapy Product Collection, Processing, and Administration Standards in June 2016. FACT and JACIE invite you to complete a short survey focusing on general concepts of interest.
You are also encouraged to promote this survey in your national or regional professional society. The results of this survey will be reported to the Standards Steering Committee for review and consideration. Input from programs, facilities, and individuals performing cellular therapy helps maintain the clarity, usefulness, and relevance of the Standards.
Due to ongoing interest, responses will continue to be accepted up to July 1, 2017.
JACIE will host a training course in Barcelona in October. More details can be found here.Note that an additional event is being scheduled for Nijmegen, The Netherlands for 27-28 October 2016. More details will be announced shortly.
A nice video was also made as part of EBMT TV featuring Prof. John Snowden and Dr. Riccardo Saccardi explaining why they think that quality and accreditation are important for transplantation. See it on YouTube below.
Thanks to everyone who attended the quality sessions and especially to all of the speakers. Feedback was great even if the room was sometimes a bit noisy. We have some ideas for 2017 in Marseille.Anyone who attended can get access at no cost to all of the slides via the eMaterials service e-materials.com/ebmt2016.
Nice piece from Nature (27-01-2016)Access the article here.
"Having data that are traceable — down to who did what experiment on which machine, and where the source data are stored — has knock-on benefits for research integrity"
The Alliance for Harmonisation of Cellular Therapy Accreditation (AHCTA) and Worldwide Network for Blood & Marrow Transplantation (WBMT) along with the Latin American Group for Bone Marrow Transplantation (LABMT) have facilitated the preparation of a simple glossary of quality management terminology to help create awareness and understanding of basic but important quality management terminology among Spanish-speaking transplant professionals. The glossary can be accessed at www.ahcta.org/documents.html.
New applications must also be completed using the updated application form, also available in the Document Centre.
From 1 January 2016, centres submitting applications for accreditation will be required to sign an agreement with the EBMT which covers all aspects of the accreditation process. The agreement sets out the rights and obligations of both organisations during the process. This agreement replaced the previous terms and conditions document.The document entitled 'F-009-01-Standard Agreement for JACIE Accreditation' can be accessed in the Document Centre in the 'Applicants' section.
Both documents are also linked below.
New fees will also be applied from 3 April 2016. See here for more information.
JACIE has reviewed the current Accreditation process with the objective to improve and optimize the process for all parts involved. Our goal is to make the process shorter for centres that are already well prepared for the accreditation and to identify the centres that need more time and support from the JACIE Office to prepare their application sufficiently in advance of any eventual inspection.
Therefore the following changes will be introduced with effect from 1 January 2016:
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the JACIE Office.
The EDQM Guides are excellent and accessible sources for help on all aspects associated with tissues and cells including HSC. EBMT experts have contributed to the Guides in the past and to the 3rd edition which is currently in preparation.
The review committee have launched a survey to help them understand how it has been accessed and used in the past. You are now invited to participate in this review by completing the survey. The survey is expected to take between 5-10 minutes to complete.
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a lifesaving expensive medical procedure. Hence, more transplants are performed in more affluent countries. The impact of economic factors on patient outcome is less defined. We analyzed retrospectively a defined cohort of 102,549 patients treated with an allogeneic (N = 37,542; 37%) or autologous (N = 65,007; 63%) HSCT. They were transplanted by one of 404 HSCT centers in 25 European countries between 1999 and 2006. We searched for associations between center-specific microeconomic or country-specific macroeconomic factors and outcome. Center patient-volume and center program-duration were significantly and systematically associated with improved survival after allogeneic HSCT (HR 0·87; 0·84–0·91 per 10 patients; p < 0·0001; HR 0·90;0·85–0·90 per 10 years; p < 0·001) and autologous HSCT (HR 0·91;0·87–0·96 per 10 patients; p < 0·001; HR 0·93;0·87–0·99 per 10 years; p = 0·02). The product of Health Care Expenditures by Gross National Income/capita was significantly associated in multivariate analysis with all endpoints (R2 = 18%; for relapse free survival) after allogeneic HSCT. Data indicate that country- and center-specific economic factors are associated with distinct, significant, systematic, and clinically relevant effects on survival after HSCT. They impact on center expertise in long-term disease and complication management. It is likely that these findings apply to other forms of complex treatments.
Gratwohl, A., Sureda, A., Baldomero, H., Gratwohl, M., Dreger, P., Kröger, N., … Brand, R. (2015). Economics and Outcome After Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: A Retrospective Cohort Study. EBioMedicine. doi:10.1016/j.ebiom.2015.11.021
EBMT transplant centers with FACT-JACIE accreditation have significantly better compliance with related donor care standards
Anthias, C., O’Donnell, P. V., Kiefer, D. M., Yared, J., Norkin, M., Anderlini, P., … Shaw, B. E. (2015). EBMT transplant centers with FACT-JACIE accreditation have significantly better compliance with related donor care standards. Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. doi:10.1016/j.bbmt.2015.11.009 http://www.bbmt.org/article/S1083-8791(15)00736-3/abstract
See also an analysis of US practice in Anthias, C., Shaw, B. E., Kiefer, D. M., Liesveld, J. L., Yared, J., Kamble, R. T., … O’Donnell, P. V. (2015). Significant improvements in the practice patterns of adult related donor care in US transplant centers. Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. doi:10.1016/j.bbmt.2015.11.008
This publication reinforces the findings from Anthias et al (2015). The impact of improved JACIE standards on the care of related BM and PBSC donors. Bone Marrow Transplantation, 50(2), 244–247. doi:10.1038/bmt.2014.260