The American Society for Apheresis Presents an Educational Webinar Series on Regulatory and Accreditation Oversight of Apheresis Programs

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The American Society for Apheresis (ASFA) (http://www.apheresis.org), an organization dedicated to leading the field of apheresis through patient and donor care, research, education, and advocacy, is pleased to announce a two-part educational webinar series focusing on regulatory and accreditation oversight of apheresis programs.

The American Society for Apheresis (ASFA) (http://www.apheresis.org), an organization dedicated to leading the field of apheresis through patient and donor care, research, education, and advocacy, is pleased to announce a two-part educational webinar series focusing on regulatory and accreditation oversight of apheresis programs.

"These two webinars focus on the expanding regulatory and accreditation programs influencing apheresis activities and practice. It is essential that professionals in the field are aware and understand these requirements," states Patricia Jost Golden, Co-Chair of ASFA's Education Committee. "ASFA means to support apheresis professionals by providing a forum to introduce new information and exchange ideas about these and other topics."

The first webinar in the series, "Understanding the Regulatory and Accreditation Programs for Apheresis Donor, Stem Cell, and Therapeutic Activities", will be presented by Sheryl A. Tran on November 29, 2006 at 11:00 AM PST (2:00 PM EST). Attendees with an understanding of the various regulatory and accreditation programs available for apheresis activities will compare and contrast accreditation options and discuss inspection processes for accreditation programs.

The second webinar in the series, "FDA Regulatory Oversight, Inspections, and Enforcement for Apheresis Stem Cell Activities" will be presented by Elizabeth Armstrong on December 6, 2006 at 11:00 AM PST (2:00 PM EST). This session is designed to provide an overview of FDA regulations for human cell and tissue products and ensure that apheresis professionals are knowledgeable about FDA inspection and enforcement for apheresis activities.

To register for these events, or for further information, please visit http://www.apheresis.org/webinars/index.cfm.

This webinar series is promoted in partnership with Apheresis News (http://www.apheresisnews.com).

About the American Society for Apheresis

ASFA is an organization of physicians, scientists, and allied health professionals whose mission is to lead the field of apheresis through patient and donor care, research, education, and advocacy. ASFA represents a broad range of professionals involved in donor apheresis, apheresis in transplantation, and therapeutic apheresis. The vision of ASFA is to be the pre-eminent forum for the introduction of new information and the exchange of ideas in the field of apheresis medicine. It will serve as the unified voice for patients, donors, investigators, and practitioners to advance the development and delivery of programs and services in the field of apheresis.

About the Presenters:

Sheryl A. Tran has 25 years of experience in Laboratory Medicine and Transfusion Medicine with more than 10 years focused in quality management. In her current position as a Regulatory Coordinator at the Mayo Clinic Rochester, Ms. Tran is involved in activities that ensure the facility meets Federal and State regulatory and accreditation requirements.

Elizabeth Armstrong has a degree in Medical Technology, with experience as a technologist working in a cellular therapy laboratory. After working in the laboratory for a short time, her focus moved to quality, and she has since gained five years of experience as a quality/regulatory specialist in the field of Transfusion Medicine. She is currently a Regulatory Coordinator at the Mayo Clinic Rochester.

Contact

Ashka Wirk

Executive Director

American Society for Apheresis

604.484.2851

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