There are many reasons to arrive a day early for Cord Blood Connect. Among them is a full day of pre-congress presentations and workshops organized by the World Marrow Donor Association-NetCord and the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT).
Their joint “Cord Blood Day,” scheduled for Sept. 12 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, includes sessions on trends in cord blood banking and harmonization of banking procedures, a Quality Boot Camp, and a FACT Inspector Training Workshop. Access the day’s agenda and register online.
The morning agenda will include:
- Global perspectives on the regulation of cord blood banking
- WMDA serious adverse clinical events and reactions
- Analysis of CD34+ and CD45+ cells in thawed cord blood samples
- Analysis of cellular viability in thawed cord blood
- Significant changes in the seventh edition of NetCord-FACT Cord Blood Standards
- Essential quality management principles
The afternoon offers two tracks:
- WMDA-FACT Quality Boot Camp, with sessions that examine cord blood unit selection strategies and core quality management concepts including risk assessment, validation and auditing. Come prepared with quality-related questions to ask the experts.
- FACT Inspector Training Workshop, a course for new inspectors on how to conduct a cord blood bank inspection from start to finish. The workshop includes exercises and group discussions based on practical, real-world experience. The registration fee for the entire “Cord Blood Day” is waived for inspectors who attend this track. They also receive access to all other on-demand and in-person FACT educational events.
“This day of sessions is an excellent opportunity to network with the cord blood community and learn from experts in cord blood banking,” said Jeff Szer, WMDA president. “We encourage banks to send multiple staff so they can attend the morning sessions and both of the afternoon tracks.”
“Nominate a member of your team to train to become a FACT inspector,” said Dennis Gastineau, FACT president. “FACT accreditation demonstrates a commitment to quality and helps maintain across-the-board uniform processes that are effective and ensure efficient bank operations.”