Inspection is an excellent way of learning about JACIE for your own centre, and it allows you to visit other centres and see how they work, organise themselves, and solve problems. You will meet and collaborate with colleagues as you contribute to promoting and implementing quality in the transplant community.
JACIE inspectors are volunteers who are assigned as inspectors based on the criteria outlined here. Inspectors receive only their expenses and give their time freely, though applications for accreditation from centres whose staff members have participated in an inspection event in the 4 years preceding their application will qualify for a discount of 15% if they have one inspector, and 20% if they have 2 or more inspectors on staff. The JACIE inspection process should be considered as being similar to the peer-review process in academic journals.
We are short of inspectors in some areas, such as paediatrics and cell collection, although this depends on the country and/or language. This shortage can mean that some centres must wait longer than normal to receive their on-site visit because of the difficulty in assembling in inspection team.
Inspections are hard work but they are usually performed in a collegial and positive atmosphere. Inspectors learn as much from the process as the centres, and in a unique manner.
You are asked to commit to participating in 1 inspection per annum, although this could be more if your availability permits. In any case, inspections are scheduled according to inspectors' availability, so participation is never imposed.
Inspectors could be asked to participate in inspections in other countries where they speak the local language.
Experts that are close to or have recently retired are welcome to apply to be inspectors. JACIE accepts experts for up to five (5) years from when they cease day-to-day activity in their field.
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