November 18, 2015
Richard C. Meagher, PhD, is the Section Chief of Cell Therapy Laboratory Services at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY. Although Dr. Meagher is a research scientist by day, he is also a FACT inspector, and has been since the inception of the FACT accreditation process. He performed his first inspection in the year 2000, and has since completed 48 inspections (or an average of 3 inspections a year). In addition to volunteering as an inspector, he is a co-chair of the FACT Cellular Therapy Processing Facility Standards Committee and a member of the FACT Cellular Therapy Standards Steering Committee.
Dr. Meagher was motivated to become a FACT Inspector for the educational experience. He has visited a variety of programs both small and large with an amazing degree of heterogeneity in complying with the Standards. Given the experience he has gained as an inspector, programs in turn frequently ask for his help to achieve compliance with the Standards.
The following are additional benefits and advantages Dr. Meagher believes FACT inspectors enjoy:
If considering whether to become a FACT inspector, Dr. Meagher says, “Just do it.” He believes the benefits and rewards of becoming an inspector far outweigh the time commitment spent preparing for and conducting an inspection. “You will become much more knowledgeable about the Standards, how to implement them, and how to successfully conduct and/or pass an inspection. Remember that your responsibility as an inspector is to help improve the program and correct or modify identified deficiencies. The inspector experience teaches you very quickly that your peers are looking for help to improve; as an inspector you provide that help. “
Dr. Meagher is one of the most experienced FACT inspectors. Given the number of inspections he has performed, he has a lot of advice to offer current inspectors:
FACT is incredibly grateful to Dr. Meagher’s commitment to FACT and the organizations he has served as an inspector. We encourage all inspectors to greet FACT inspections with the same enthusiasm he displays.