WMDA-NetCord and FACT Announce Pre-Congress Day

WMDA-NetCord and FACT will provide a full day of presentations and workshops on Sept. 14, prior to the evening opening session of Cord Blood Connect in Miami Beach.

Morning presentations will include global perspectives of cord blood transplants, ethical dilemmas in cord blood banking, common FACT-NetCord accreditation citations, and an overview of a WMDA international cord blood bank survey.

The afternoon will have two concurrent sessions: a cord blood banking Quality Boot Camp, and a training session for FACT cord blood bank inspectors.

“The pre-congress day of presentations and workshops will address issues that affect the ability of cord blood banks to optimize processes within a challenging environment,” said Carlheinz Müeller, MD, PhD, president of the World Marrow Donor Association. “The evolving demand for umbilical cord blood and tissue products requires banks to consider the continuously changing indications for cord blood therapies and the financial challenges of cord blood banking.”

“Accreditation encourages efficient, quality-driven processes to collect, process, store and release products suitable for clinical administration,” said Dennis Gastineau, MD, president of the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy. “We encourage banks to send multiple representatives to attend the concurrent sessions, as well as designate one of their staff to become a FACT inspector.”

To enable teams to attend, FACT and WMDA are offering an early bird registration fee of $295 until May 15. The day of sessions requires a registration and fee separate from that of the Cord Blood Connect international congress.

All sessions of both Cord Blood Connect and the WMDA-NetCord and FACT pre-congress day will be at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. The pre-congress sessions will conclude prior to the 6:30 pm opening session of Cord Blood Connect. The international congress continues through Sunday, Sept. 16.

  • Click here for online registration for the WMDA-NetCord and FACT pre-congress day.
  • Click here for online registration for the Cord Blood Connectinternational congress.