GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The Standards Coordinating Body (SCB), a non-profit organization established to catalyze development of standards for use by the regenerative medicine and advanced therapies industries, recently announced the launch of an online portal to facilitate access to published standards and those in development.
“We are excited to launch this interactive portal, which consolidates information from across the standards ecosystem. We have heard how difficult it has been to find standards and want to make it as easy as possible for the industry and suppliers to find the standards that can make product development and manufacturing processes more efficient,” said Robert Shaw, executive director of SCB. “The portal also helps stakeholders identify opportunities to participate in standards development by providing comments and feedback or contributing their expert input. By bringing these resources together in one place and offering a simple tool for searching and filtering standards, the portal will greatly reduce the time and effort involved in locating standards information.”
In addition to content from the two SCB reports, the portal provides details on current open ballots and calls to action for ongoing standards advancement projects. Regular monthly portal updates allow stakeholders to stay abreast of the latest standards advancements.
Within the portal, users can:
- Perform search standards by sector, functional area, standards development organization (SDO), keywords, and more
- View at-a-glance summaries of new and updated content, including standards, new areas of need, open ballots, and revisions from SDOs
- Get one-click access to SDO web pages to purchase or view published standards or request access to in-development standards
The SCB is an independent non-profit organization focused on educating the regenerative medicine and advance therapies ecosystem on the importance of standards and bringing experts together to prioritize and catalyze standards development, harmonization and adoption. SCB helps those interested in participating in the process actively engage with the standards development community, share their expertise, have their voices heard, and contribute to the standards which will affect the industry.
By creating awareness of the need for standards, serving as a gateway for stakeholder engagement, and facilitating access to the standards once established, SCB said it “is playing a vital role in reducing the complexity, cost risk and time required to bring safe and effective breakthrough therapies to clinicians and patients.”