In 1998, the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) and the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) established the Joint Accreditation Committee-ISCT & EBMT. Based on the already existing FAHCT (later FACT) programme in the USA, the objective was to offer an inspection-based accreditation process in the field of haematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation against established international standards. The Standards were approved by the EBMT General Assembly during the 1998 Annual Meeting in Courmayeur.
JACIE collaborates with the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) to develop and maintain global standards for the provision of quality medical and laboratory practice in cellular therapy. Based on these standards, JACIE offers accreditation to transplant programmes in order to encourage health institutions and facilities performing HSC transplantation to establish and maintain quality management systems impacting on all aspects of their activities and to engage in continuous improvement.
The Stem Cell Transplant Program at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH&RC) began the journey with JACIE in 2008 and we received our first accreditation certificate in 2010. We received our most recent JACIE Accreditation in March 2016. Currently we are the only organization in the kingdom that is JACIE Accredited.