Uncertainty of hypocrisy

When the assessors visit they want to see that masses of statistical work has been done to demonstrate the uncertainty of your measurements.  ISO 17025 requires it.  Assessment gang members have additional guides on it.  Customers who just wanted test reports find uncertainty confusing.

Oxebridge reports the IAF’s claim that 93% of its customers have transitioned to its 2015 standards.

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Click and read the analysis of data that shows they’re lying.

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There’s nothing new in their numerical fabrications.  Remember John Seddon’s open letter to Stephan Breeze at the BSI when customers were rubber-stamped into the latest standard overnight in order to meet the transition deadline?

The panic transitioning looked better than simply lying about the figures as they do now.

While UKAS demands calculations of uncertainty of measurement that are often time-wasting and unnecessary, none of the cartel members are being pressed to deal honestly with the corrupted statistics they use to promote their publishing and inspection businesses.

 

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Getting Rid of Stupid Stuff

Melinda Ashton wrote in Getting Rid of Stupid Stuff 

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ISO standards – the backlash

Nuclear safety guy, Martin Wakeman, summarises the backlash against malpractice using ISO standards in cartoons:

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Accreditation of US hospitals did not improve patient outcomes

The BMJ published

Association between patient outcomes and accreditation in US hospitals: observational study by Lam et al. BMJ 2018;363:k4011  http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4011

The Boston doctors investigated over 4 million patient outcomes in this retrospective observational study.

Their conclusions?

“US hospital accreditation by independent organizations is not associated with lower mortality, and is only slightly associated with reduced readmission rates for the 15 common medical conditions selected in this study. There was no evidence in this study to indicate that patients choosing a hospital accredited by The Joint Commission confer any healthcare benefits over choosing a hospital accredited by another independent accrediting organization.”

It’s not run by the ISO gang but the idea is similar.  The Joint Commission dominates the marketplace and its inspections focus on structural factors and processes rather than the outcomes that matter.

Let’s hope for more studies like this exposing multimillion dollar rip-offs.

No time to read the paper?  Medscape has a shorter summary here.

 

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Six Sigma Is Draining Employees’ Creativity

Should your organization decide that ISOs are inadequate and add Six Sigma, consider Andrew Smart’s explanation and click through to read more fully or to order his book:

The single most important goal of the Six Sigma is to reduce varia­tion in organizational processes by using disease vectors to spread throughout the company. These vectors are improve­ment specialists, a structured method, and performance metrics.

This is similar to what the underlying disease in epilepsy does to neurons. During a seizure, the variations in the neu­rons are reduced. Reducing variation in the brain is devastating.

Applied to an entire company, the Six Sigma process is analo­gous to an organizational epileptic seizure….

The only system we know of in the universe that can be innovative is the human brain. But the brain seems to need things like freedom, long periods of idleness, positive emo­tions, low stress, randomness, noise, and a group of friends with tea in the garden to be creative. The truth is that we can’t have it both ways. Until we figure out how to give robots a “creative mode,” humans are going to be the only source of innovation for the foreseeable future.

The human brain actually seeks out and thrives on its own variation. With each new experience we have, our brain is irre­versibly changed. These changes become more profound and stable if we rest between new experiences. This allows our brain to consolidate what it has absorbed and integrate it into our own sense of self, therefore making meaning out of experience.

The process is different for each experience and different for each person. Neuroscience is discovering that a crucial part of this process is to allow the brain’s default mode network time to be active. A resting brain is necessary for this to happen.

To get the message even better, click to play his Autopilot text adventure.

Chill, man.

 

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Fingerprints blunder puts trials at risk as police chiefs create emergency group to ensure labs get accreditation

Peter Hitchens is critical of modern British policing.  He wrote in the Mail on Sunday,

“And now we learn, to my total lack of surprise, that prosecutions have sunk to an all-time low in England and Wales, at a time when even our fishy official figures show that crime is surging upwards.

“This is because our 50-year policy of decriminalising crime has finally blown up in our faces. We wait till offenders are hardened criminals before locking them up. When we do lock them up, we let them out as fast as we can. But even then, the prisons can’t hold them. Soft justice, as anyone could have told its supporters, means more crime, for ever.

“But whatever you do, don’t dream of trying to defend yourself or your own home. That is almost the only thing that will get you prosecuted and thrown into prison for years. Like all rotten, incompetent monopolies, our criminal justice system can do one thing well – defending itself against competition. When this country eventually goes under, our elite’s infuriating failure to confront or deal with this problem will be one of the main reasons.”

Its sister newspaper now reports that large sums of taxpayers’ money are being wasted to support accreditation schemes for forensic science i.e. subsidizing the accreditation cartel rather than preventing crime.  Like most other labs, the forensic scientists are struggling to meet the requirements of the accreditors.

Every force in the UK was ordered by the forensics watchdog three years ago to ensure their laboratories met international standards (file photo)

Fingerprints blunder puts trials at risk as police chiefs create emergency group to ensure labs get accreditation

By Martin Beckford for The Mail on Sunday

Published: 01:39, 21 October 2018 | Updated: 01:40, 21 October 2018

Trials could collapse and criminals walk free because the police have failed to meet strict new rules governing fingerprint evidence.

Every force in the UK was ordered by the forensics watchdog three years ago to ensure their laboratories met international standards for studying marks found at crime scenes.

But The Mail on Sunday has learned that just one in ten hit the deadline to gain accreditation from the watchdog, the Forensic Science Regulator, confirming they met these standards at the start of October.

Trials could collapse and criminals walk free because the police have failed to meet strict new rules governing fingerprint evidence (file photo)

Police from forces without this accreditation will now have to admit in court that they have missed the target before the start of trials where fingerprints are presented as evidence.

These could include rape and murder cases. Defence lawyers are also more likely to challenge fingerprint evidence presented by police from these forces and order their own tests.

Police chiefs have created an emergency group to make sure their labs gain accreditation as soon as possible.

Chief Constable James Vaughan, national lead for forensics, said: ‘We are treating delays in gaining accreditation as a critical incident.

‘If police labs do not have the appropriate accreditation, forces are open in providing declarations to courts and evidence of the activity undertaken to ensure high standards of work.

Every force in the UK was ordered by the forensics watchdog three years ago to ensure their laboratories met international standards (file photo)

‘It is then for the court to test the veracity and admissibility of the evidence.’

A spokesman for Dr Gillian Tully, the Forensic Science Regulator, said last night: ‘The consistent failures to meet the Regulator’s quality standards are unacceptable.’

Dr Tully has led a drive for police-run laboratories to meet international standards. At a meeting in July, chief constables complained ‘about how high the bar was being set in terms of accreditation’.

But Dr Tully said ‘there would have been ample time to approach the process over a longer time period, had there been earlier action’.

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Comments 4

Political prisoner, UK, United Kingdom, about an hour ago

Fingerprints are not unique contrary to the claim that’s been made for decades, but this accreditation will also slowly expose the deep states control over the technology giants ability to spy on each and every one of us using other means. In the future look back at the number of convictions by AI tech devices like personal assistants. Lulling the victim, in this case the public, into a false sense of security is one of the mainstays of Govt & the deep state business giants.

Avanice, Arbourdale, United Kingdom, about 2 hours ago

Before privatisation this did not arise as the Government sponsored centres of excellence known as Forensic Science Laboratories had standards and levels of expertise second to none. They were independent from the police although there was a lot of communication between these two bodies. I, for just one, would not and do not trust such a police sponsored Forensic Science organisation, no matter how many how many international level qualifications they may have. There are insufficient degrees of separation.

maias, Auchtermuchty, United Kingdom, about 3 hours ago

Every force in the UK was ordered by the forensics watchdog three years ago to ensure their laboratories met international standards for studying marks found at crime scenes, but just one in ten hit the deadline to gain accreditation from the watchdog, Why haven’t top people been sacked? Has the UK got a Trojan Horse full of high ranking officials who are refusing to follow procedures, arrest criminals, and prosecute them properly, and assess they are safe to be released on parole or even day release, so that our family and friends will NOT be attacked by people who should have been kept in prison. The honours system needs to be scrapped until we are certain honours are NOT given to cover the inadequacies of those who run our lives.

Paulmichael7707637, Malaga, Spain, about 4 hours ago

It is not only fingerprints but all forensic practices, we did all this 10 years ago for the CRFP accreditation and after 18 months it was abandoned at a cost of many thousands per expert, just another way of wasting money

 

Parliamentary evidence from 2011 shows that ISO 9001 and ISO 17025 are among the mish-mash of accreditation standards attempted by forensic labs.

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Top court rules against German certifier in French breast implant case

This blog has previously pointed out that assessment bodies evade liability for the false promises they certify.  They are “delivering assurance” yet avoiding legal liability for the screening inspections they undertake.

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No longer!  France’s highest court found TUV Rheinland guilty of negligence in certifying killer breast implants manufactured by PIP.  Reuters reports,

Top court rules against German certifier in French breast implant case

MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) – France’s highest court threw out on Wednesday a 2015 ruling that cleared a German certifier of negligence after it approved faulty breast implants produced with counterfeit silicone.

The Court of Cassation rejected the ruling by a lower appeals court that had overturned a negligence conviction against TUV Rheinland for its role in approving the implants made by Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) until the French firm shut in 2010.

PIP sold implants globally over almost two decades until investigators discovered it was passing off low-grade industrial silicone as a much pricier medical product.

The supreme court referred the case to a different appeals tribunal in Paris for a fresh hearing, ruling that TUV Rheinland’s obligations required it to check the implants and documents on the manufacturer’s raw materials, as well as staging surprise visits to PIP.

TUV Rheinland defended the actions of its unit involved in the case. “The fraud committed by PIP was not detectable by TUV Rheinland LGA Products GmbH, and could not be discovered,” TUV Rheinland said in a statement.

The counterfeit substance was used in implants given to 300,000 women. About a quarter of those subsequently removed were found to have ruptured, regulators said, raising concerns over the long-term health effects of exposure to their contents.

PIP founder Jean-Claude Mas was jailed for four years and fined 75,000 euros (now $86,000) in 2013 after a police investigation revealed a sophisticated fraud.

PIP employees would remove evidence of the cheaper silicone gel before annual inspections by TUV Rheinland, it found.

An association representing 15,000 former PIP implant patients said that the supreme court’s ruling set the stage for the “world’s largest collective trial”.

“The Court of Cassation renders a decision in accordance with the law, fair and consistent with the objective elements of the case which are devastating for TUV,” the association’s lawyer Olivier Aumaitre said in a statement.

The association said that a ruling against TUV could cost it as much as 6 billion euros.

($1 = 0.8677 euros)

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Impact of the Care Quality Commission on provider performance: room for improvement?

The King’s Fund report referred to in the previous BMJ article can be downloaded here:

Impact of the Care Quality Commission on provider performance: room for improvement?

Its long summary includes,

What are the implications of our findings?

We also tried to measure the impact of regulation quantitatively.

First, we examined whether provider performance changed following an inspection by analysing routine data about accident and emergency services, maternity services and general practice prescribing. We found that inspection and rating had small and mixed effects on key performance indicators in these areas. This may suggest CQC had a limited impact in these areas, or it may be that the effects of regulation are difficult to measure with routine data sources. The impact of the CQC is also difficult to isolate from other factors affecting provider performance.

We also explored whether CQC ratings affect where patients seek treatment, by looking at the impact of inspection and rating on service volumes in maternity services. We found little evidence of parents (or their agents) exercising choice in response to ratings – receipt of an ‘inadequate’ rating seems to have little measurable impact on subsequent service volumes.

Finally, we analysed the Intelligent Monitoring (IM) dataset – a large set of routine performance indicators that CQC used to risk assess organisations and to help them decide when to inspect a provider and what to focus on. While the datasets were not intended to predict inspection ratings, we might expect an association between the two. We found that the IM datasets had little or no correlation with the subsequent ratings of general practices or of acute trusts. This highlights the limitations of risk-based regulatory models that use routinely reported performance data to target regulatory interventions.

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The CQC didn’t get off to a good start.  Its new boss is dismissing the findings of the King’s Fund report.

He brushed aside the criticism that CQC inspections had failed to show up any quantitative improvements in services. “We know our work is already leading to improved services and better care and there is strong support for what we are doing from the public and providers,” he said. “With our next phase approach we are building on this work and moving forward, to ensure that more people get good care, more of the time.”

ISO assessment bodies would do the same if they had been inspected according to results (rather than an ISO) and found wanting.

The evidence that such inspection regimes are not worthwhile is accumulating.

The King’s Fund report gives warning that risk-based inspection works poorly and this should assure that risk-based ISOs are not significantly better than the versions previously sold.

If it were a drug is would require and adequate trail.  Massively wasteful management systems are put in place based only on the need to sell a new standard, not results that have been proven.

Did you expect the cartel to test the new ISO standards before use like any other expensive and dangerous tool?

 

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CQC inspections have “little measurable impact” on services, analysis finds

The BMJ has reported a lack of evidence that the inspection regime of the Care Quality Commission improves services.

Can we now expect similar scrutiny of UKAS’s inspections of pathology services?

We might predict that those employed in the lab services would be supportive of inspections.  This might be largely genuine since it is hard to put in the extraordinary work demanded while believing much of it is worthless.  We think an objective measure would reach similar conclusions to those about the CQC.

In future the CQC is going to make its inspections more risk-based – they’ve been reading the management ISOs.

CQC inspections have “little measurable impact” on services, analysis finds

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4078 (Published 27 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k4078

The inspection regime introduced by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2013 has had little measurable impact on services such as emergency care, maternity care, and GP prescribing, a government funded report has said.

Although care providers generally say that the regulator’s regime of intensive inspection has been beneficial, a team from the King’s Fund and Manchester University found that supporting evidence is elusive.

The report concludes that a “resource-intensive and very high-profile system of inspection and rating does not seem to have had more than quite small and mixed effects on available performance indicators.”

Commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care’s Policy Research Programme, the report also finds little evidence that patients used CQC ratings to choose where to go for care or that “intelligent monitoring,” used by the regulator to target inspections towards particular organisations, showed any correlation with what inspectors found when they got there.

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British Ad Watchdog Agency Contradicts Own Rulings to Defend BSI

In 1997 the Advertising Standards Authority Ltd. (ASA) ruled against the BSI for making advertising claims it couldn’t support, chiefly about the cost-effectiveness of the ISO 9000 standard.

BSI have continued to print porkies about it ever since.

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The Oxebridge blog has reported that in 2018 the ASA ev…ent…u…al…ly managed to reach a judgement about the latest complaint that BSI never stopped making false claims.

This time the ASA found the BSI was doing nothing wrong.  It’s now OK to make the claims they need to to keep the inspection cartel’s business on the rip.

Amazing!

The ASA’s inconsistent and plainly wrong decision about the BSI’s unsupported claims illustrates the decline in British bureaucracy in recent decades.  The ASA also didn’t uphold complaints against any of the ten most complained-about adverts.   Maybe they’re out of touch with the population they serve.

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