Governance: Ensuring Quality

The WMDA has established a board committee to oversee the quality and accreditation activities of the association. The Quality and Accreditation Committee is focused on enhancing and monitoring the quality of worldwide registry operations and cord blood banking. This includes the recruitment of potential volunteer donors of haematopoietic stem cells, the search for an optimal unrelated donor for a patient, and the procurement and transport of haematopoietic stem cells to a patient. The goal is to encourage WMDA members to seek and achieve WMDA registry accreditation or NetCord-FACT accreditation.

The committee is assisted by three groups:

  • The WMDA Standards Subcommittee¬†develops, reviews and revises the WMDA Standards to ensure consistency with WMDA recommendations and international regulations.
  • The WMDA Accreditation Subcommittee is split into a steering and a review subcommittee. They aim to¬†promote harmony between worldwide stem cell donor registries and cord blood banks, encourage uniformity of practice based on WMDA Standards and administer the WMDA accreditation programme.
  • The Quality and Regulation Working Group strives to promote harmony between worldwide stem cell donor registries and cord blood banks, encourage uniformity of best practice based on the WMDA Standards and provide WMDA members with accurate, up-to-date and usable guidance on the worldwide regulatory landscape.