The Royal Marsden’s blood and bone marrow transplant programme for children and adults is accredited by JACIE – The Joint Accreditation Committee of the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) and the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT).
JACIE is a non-profit body established in 1998 for the purposes of assessment and accreditation in the field of haematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation. Its primary aim is to promote high-quality patient care and laboratory performance in HSC collection, processing and transplantation centres through an internationally recognised system of accreditation.
JACIE inspectors assess our clinical facilities every four years and our quality management system every two years for the preparation, collection, storage and transplantation of bone marrow and stem cells for adults and children.
The Royal Marsden received full accreditation for the joint clinical and processing facilities for adult and paediatric bone marrow and stem cell transplants in June 2009.
Accreditation allows The Royal Marsden to demonstrate that it is performing to a required level of practice in accordance with agreed standards of excellence.
Quality management system
A quality management system is a mechanism to ensure that procedures are being carried out in line with agreed standards and with full participation by all staff members. In a cell transplant programme, this ensures that the clinical, collection and laboratory units are all working together to achieve excellent communication, effective common working practices and increased guarantees for patients. It is a means of rapidly identifying errors or accidents and resolving them so that the possibility of repetition is minimised. It assists in training and clearly identifies the roles and responsibilities of all staff.