Inspectors are the backbone of JACIE; without them, there is no accreditation process. Becoming an inspector is a wonderful way to contribute to maintaining global quality standards. As the number of JACIE applications has increased, we are constantly looking for new inspectors to join our ranks. At the moment, we are particularly keen to hear of German, French and Spanish speaking Clinicians and Quality Managers.
Each month, you will have the opportunity to meet with one of our JACIE Inspector who will share his/her experience.
Read our interview with Dania Arabi, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Dania has been working in flow cytometry and as bone marrow transplant supervisor for 18 years. In 2017, Dania was promoted to be an Accreditation and Compliance specialist under the Quality Management Department of King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center.
Dania, could you please introduce yourself and your role(s) and position(s) within EBMT?
I joined JACIE in 2010. I am currently JACIE inspector for stem cell processing and Quality Management and I have been fortunate to conduct several inspections in various countries worldwide. In 2016, I joined JACIE as a member of the Accreditation Committee. In 2019, I represented JACIE on the sub-committees to help and share review process for the 8th Edition of the Standards. In 2022, I joined the Inspector Committee and I was honored to be one of the speakers in the JACIE Training Course.
Why did you decide to become a JACIE inspector?
I was inspired with JACIE as non-profit organisation aiming to support high standards of care and improve patient safety every day.
Both my experience as Quality Management specialist and processing lab supervisor, furthermore as part of my team in my organisation, allowed me to become more acquainted with JACIE standards and regulations.
My scientific skills, international background, and my ability to work well on multicultural teams allow me to provide significant contributions.
What has been the most memorable inspection that you have ever done?
I was assigned to do a JACIE Pilot Inspection – First-step certification in Sankalp India Foundation and Sankalp People Tree hospital for Pediatric BMT, Bangalore, India with the limited resources that the organisation had at that time. The JACIE office had supported the Centre during the process and the inspection really focussed on encouraging the centre to focus on the best outcomes and patient safety possible. The Center had an outstanding, custom-made, in- house IT system that manages the whole stem transplant program information efficiently.
What ‘keys to successful JACIE accreditation’ can you share with us?
Key tips to a successful JACIE accreditation inspection: whether you are assigned as a team leader or team member, you need to have in mind that you are a representative from JACIE so you need to present a positive image, carrying all the respect to the inspected hospital. This goes without saying that key elements of your success are your understanding of the JACIE standards, good time management, respect and be a team player.
How has your career/work benefited from being a JACIE inspector?
I was assigned to prepare my organisation for their initial JACIE accreditation process which we were JACIE accredited center with no citation. I coordinated all the activities, developed the accreditation plan, facilitated the implementation, monitoring process to measure compliance with the JACIE accreditation standards, promoted an organisation –wide awareness of accreditations standards and encouraged participation and involvement of leaders.
I was also fortunate to attend the EBMT Annual Meeting to meet your team member and JACIE inspectors, discuss new standards of care, update and share our knowledge with best practice.
Do you have any tips or advice for anyone who aspires to become a JACIE Inspector?
I can only advise everyone to be part of this prestigious organisation, helping and sharing your knowledge with the community will be paid off. JACIE provides a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. You feel that you are doing something well for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity.
You will learn a lot and you improve patient safety every day.