Current ISO body-count

Yep, we’re countin’:

To date, Oxebridge has found that over 220 people have died in accidents caused by companies certified by ISO certification bodies accredited by ANAB, with almost 1700 killed in accidents related to all IAF member Accreditation Bodies.

The graphic above shows the damage caused by the fire and those who perished on each floor during the blaze

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Police forensics contractor ‘sent phones to Fone Fun Shop’ – Sytech suspended

UKAS suspends a number of its customers each quarter.  This proves it’s doing its job while limiting its financial losses.

The Guardian reports the story of one of them:

Police forensics contractor ‘sent phones to Fone Fun Shop’

Sytech holds major contracts with more than a dozen police forces. Photograph: Alamy

One of the country’s largest digital forensics laboratories has been stripped of its accreditation after a former employee reported concerns about the handling of evidence at the business.

It was found that the company, Sytech, had inadequate vetting procedures for new staff and police exhibits were being transported in private vehicles at a recent inspection.

The Guardian has heard of further concerns from former staff who said that broken phones had been unsealed from evidence bags and sent to a consumer repair shop called Fone Fun Shop. On other occasions phones were sent abroad to be decrypted without the knowledge of the police, a former staff member said.

Sytech, based in Stoke-on-Trent, holds major contracts with more than a dozen police forces, and during a period when police spending on forensics science has fallen precipitously, it is one of the few companies to have expanded. However, concerns have been raised about the chain of custody of evidence entrusted to the company and the case raises broader questions about the outsourcing of forensic work to private labs.

“What made me report them to the forensic services regulator was because I couldn’t get it out of my head [that] any doubt in a case can get a case overturned or thrown out or even an appeal on a previous conviction,” the former Sytech analyst said.

When asked whether phones had been sent to the repair shop, Sytech said in an email: “We have carried out all mobile phone repairs in-house for over 12 months.”

The company said it was not aware of any cases in which the failure to maintain a chain of custody could risk undermining criminal evidence.

A second former employee, who also did not wish to be named, said a police force, understood to be Greater Manchester police, raised concerns with Sytech last year after learning that phones had been sent abroad to be unlocked by the Israeli-founded, Japanese-owned company Cellebrite.

When asked to confirm this, Emily Burton, the head of forensic services at Greater Manchester police, said: “In October 2018, we became aware of potential issues with the data extraction service provided to us by an external digital forensics company. When this potential issue became apparent, we raised this with the national policing leads for forensics, immediately reviewed current investigations and made alternate arrangements for our data extraction needs whilst the matter was resolved.”

Currently no investigations had been significantly affected, Burton said.

In an email, Sytech said the findings of the recent inspection by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) “make no reference to our handling of phones requiring pin-decryption”. Currently phones were not sent abroad, the company said, adding that all exhibits sent to external labs for unlocking were transported by a driver with police security clearance in a secure van.

Gillian Tully, the government’s forensic science regulator, declined to comment on specific concerns about Sytech. In general, she said, establishing a continuous chain of custody for evidence was a cornerstone of forensic science. “All organisations engaged in work for the criminal justice system should be well aware of those requirements and of adhering to them,” she said. “If the continuity can’t be established … it could compromise cases.”

Tully said it would be of concern if private labs were subcontracting “outside of the quality chain”.

Nick Baker, the national police lead on digital forensics and deputy chief constable of Staffordshire police, said his force had placed outsourcing to Sytech temporarily on hold while a risk assessment was carried out. “We’re going through a process of understanding what the issues are and understanding what our own exposure and risk is and obviously [we’ll] make a decision based on that,” he said.

Sytech said it had made police aware of its loss of accreditation “fully and frankly”.

It said the company completed “internal authentication of staff” and arranged for the police online application to be completed immediately when staff joined the company. “All new employees go through a period of training and strict supervision during their probationary period,” Sytech said.

In response to the UKAS findings Sytech said it had ceased using privately owned vehicles for the transport of exhibits.

As seen previously with Randox Testing Services, UKAS weren’t quick to spot they’d been accrediting services that fell short of the standards they claim to enforce.

Ergo, “takes one to know one” is disproved.

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Risk-based thinking – it’s risky not to understand the mathematics of risk (and randomness)

Dr Melvyn Langford explains how the US Department of Defense (DoD) invented the 5×5 risk matrix in the 1980s.

Risk Assessment Guide & Template Collection

The methodology uses ordinal numbers (which are only for ranking) as if they are suitable for calculations.  It is misleading, meaningless and gives erroneous risk ratings that result in great waste.

In 2003 the DoD issued new guidance acknowledging this.  IEC/ISO 31010 began to cash in with improvements in 2009.  However the 5×5 matrix is still in widespread use, including in the NHS.

By using uncalibrated rankings as if they had a linear relationship, the matrix badly over-estimates potential problems.  This leads to major financial waste.

What do UKAS have to say about the matrix?

“When assessing risks, are UKAS expecting to see a risk matrix of likelihood and impact similar to how health and safety risks are assessed?

o ISO/IEC 17011:2017 and UKAS are not prescriptive of how risks are documented.”

To see the tables and graphs read the article on p39-45 of Health Estates Journal, May 2019.

 

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Oxebridge whistleblower hotline launched

Tired of griping about the problems UKAS manufactures while the real problems of the ISO gang go on killing people?  Now you can do something about it.

Whistleblow to Oxebridge’s hotline.

Fill in the form, let the experts investigate and apply legal pressure.  You may be protected by whistleblowing laws in your region, but you can “prefer not to say”.

“If you are reporting a crime, contact law enforcement first.”

Oxebridge Launches ISO Whistleblower Hotline
A new way to report problems

Pushing forth on the “third phase” of the path to improve the ISO certification scheme — that’s the one where we file reports with law enforcement agencies, government regulatory bodies and legislative panels — I’m happy to announce we have launched a new ISO Whistleblower Hotline reporting tool, on our brand new website at whistleblower.oxebridge.com.

Now ISO 9001, AS9100 and other management system certification stakeholders can file reports of complaints, conflicts of interest, lawbreaking and other issues to an independent third party (Oxebridge), with the option of doing so with complete anonymity. We will then sort and analyze the entries, and forward them to the appropriate oversight bodies or law enforcement agencies around the world. We will collect the aggregate data on the nature of the issues to help bolster the information we are currently providing to US government legislative committees, as well as to ministries in other countries.

With the latest Boeing 737MAX crashes, the Equifax hack, the Texas chemical plant fires and other scandals impacting on the ISO and AS schemes, it’s no longer up for discussion that the various certification bodies, accreditation bodies and IAF are incapable and unwilling to do their jobs and ensure the validity of ISO certificates. Now it’s a question of how many people are going to have to lose their lives due to defective products and services that would have never reached the market had these companies not been granted drive-by ISO certificates.

I want to pause on that last note: if the IAF-matrixed CBs and ABs done their jobs properly, in many cases these companies would have been denied ISO certification, which would have then denied them access to the contracts which allowed them to build and release defective products and services. So the IAF and its cronies are complicit in these disasters, whether tangentially or directly. They also have tools at their disposal, right now, which can help prevent such things from happening again, and are willfully refusing to use them, in order to protect corrupt CBs and their incompetent auditor pools.

I’m not willing to wait for more people to be harmed. I am asking stakeholders from around the world to report their stories and concerns with the various certification schemes and standards development bodies, so this data can be used to fix these problems once and for all.

To file your report, visit the ISO Whistleblower Hotline webpage. You will not be added to any lists, and your information is not used for any other purposes.

— Christopher Paris

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PIP implants – from CE marks to ISO accreditation?

The French court ordered TUV Rheinland was ordered to pay compensation to victims of defective PIP breast implants.  The French regulator, Agence Francaise de Securite Sanitaire des Produits de Sante (AFSSAPS), probably regrets delegating this task to them in the first place.

Insight: In PIP implant scandal, a ragged safety net exposed | Reuters

Here’s one British assessment of the situation from 2013, before the French court ruling.

Martindale V, Menache A. The PIP scandal: an analysis of the process of quality control that failed to safeguard women from the health risks. J R Soc Med. 2013;106(5):173-7.

The Implant Files reveal that parliamentarians in France aren’t happy with the medical devices market.

The two-person commission, French parliamentarians Julien Borowczyk and Pierre Dharréville, offered particularly scathing criticism of device-approval controls now in place across Europe and the potential conflicts of interest in the device approval process, which relies on so-called Notified Bodies, mostly private firms that are paid by device manufacturers themselves.

“The essential place entrusted to these audit bodies … has led to a complete bankruptcy of the health control system for placing [devices] on the market,” the report said.

The commissioners said that the current regulatory regime has never been robust enough to resist the influence of profit-driven device manufacturers intent on speeding products to market even in cases where testing could have been more robust.

“This balance between the manufacturer’s … impulse and the ability of the regulator to counter it, where it poses health safety risks, is probably at the root of the now well-known failures of the control system,” the report said, adding that the current regime “has not undergone a fundamental change, despite successive reforms.”

As a solution, the Commission produced a range of options, including transferring responsibility for assessing high-risk devices, including implants, to a new department within the European Medicines Agency “on an equal footing” with the EMA’s work regulating drugs.

Such a centralized agency, which echoes the system in the United States in which the Food and Drug Administration is the sole authority over device approval, has been proposed over the years by reform advocates both at the European Commission and the European Parliament. As the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists reported, the idea was strenuously opposed by industry lobbyists, sometimes using misleading claims, and ultimately defeated.

Their solution is likely to involve turning from CE marks to much more demanding ISO accreditation that has also failed in many industries.  What else have they got?

We’re going to have to wait and see how that works out.

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Hidden FDA Reports Detail Harm Caused by Medical Devices

The FDA keeps suppressed lists of medical device failures.  You can read about it on Medscape:

FDA spokeswoman Deborah Kotz confirmed that the “registry exemption” was created without any public notice or regulations. “Any device manufacturer can request an exemption from its reporting requirements,” she said in an email.

I don’t want to sound overdramatic here, but it seemed like a cover-up. Dr. Douglas Kwazneski, surgeon

Agency records provided to KHN show that more than 480,000 injuries or malfunctions were reported through the alternative summary reporting program in 2017 alone.

There’s no mention of how many devices harmed patients despite ISO certifications.

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Corruption of safety certification kills over 180

Mudslide in Brazil: Who is to blame for the deadly dam break ...

Over 180 people have died from a deadly mudslide which caused a faulty Brazilian dam to collapse, in spite of safety certification by TUV Sud.  Read the story here.

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Third-party accreditation was supposed to prevent this sort of thing.  ISO standards require SOPs they say prevent corruption.  National courts take the claims of accreditation bodies at face value.

Note Oxebridge’s explanation of the structures that enable this deadly situation.

So whereas in the old days these conflicts were typically seen as consultants and auditors swapped envelopes of cash under tables to ensure clients passed audits, now the corruption is nearly entirely institutionalized. And now people are being killed and put at risk. Governments — most especially that of the UK — look the other way, happy to have “privatized standardization” and to boast about third-party accreditation schemes, while ignoring the corruption. It’s so bad in the UK that HRH Princess Anne feted an organization that supports a CB who literally issued an ISO 9001 certificate to a heroin smuggling ring; we have no idea how many people were killed by their client.

The scheme is supposed to be overseen by a network of official “Accreditation Bodies” (ABs) who are all signatory members of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), a shadowy organization answerable to no one, but with its hooks in the governments of various nations. Bodies such as UKAS, ANAB and DAkkS — the latter of which should be overseeing TUV in the Vale disaster — routinely look the other way after such scandals, and are never called on the carpet by regulators or investigators. They escape scrutiny through a convenient mix of obscurity and complexity — no one knows who they are, nor really what they do — and yet their executives probably have more information on these disasters than anyone on the planet.

At some point, a government will have to take notice, and pull in the entire troika — the CB, AB and IAF — after enough people die. This doesn’t imply guilt, mind you, but it would recognize that the auditors involved must have information that is critical to the investigation and public safety. If corruption is uncovered, then so be it, and the appropriate parties should be arrested. If not, at least we can say we had a thorough investigation.

So why have accreditation at all?

 

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As Brexit, so ISO 9001, 17025, 15189?

Five hundred years of England – sacred and profane. Download before YouTube censors it!

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17 Million F*ck Offs – A Song About Brexit

Dominic, make your follow-up about ISO accreditation hoax.
When we get out of the EU dictatorship can we call off Britain’s revenge – ISO’s crippling accreditation?
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The Reasons Why The Globalists Are Destined To Lose

We have previously drawn attention to how ISO accreditation pretends to assure quality.  Yet it fails to take legal responsibility for this assurance or offer money-back guarantees like most companies do when they have any confidence in their product.

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Some pieces of the inspection pyramid scheme

BSI’s accreditation pyramid scam hints at being scientific but is far from it.  For technical matters, it demands levels of uncertainty measurement that are often disproportionate, making them certainly wasteful.

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Waste

To deliver the total control the accreditation bodies suggest, control of every element would be required.  Even in relatively simple systems, perfection is not possible.

The BSI’s plan for world conformity was formed in the political and philosophical climate of mid-twentieth century globalism.  It formed a rather pathetic, yet damaging, way for Britain to have continued influence – by bringing competitors down to its declining levels of industrial quality.

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It’s truly international now

Brandon Smith has invoked Heisenberg and Godel’s work to explain the limitations of the globalists’ claims in The Reasons Why The Globalists Are Destined To Lose:

 

Total Control vs. Reality

This is where the globalists philosophy really begins to break down. The elitist pursuit of total information awareness and total social control is truly perverse and insane, and insanity breeds delusion and weakness.  The fact is, they will NEVER complete the goal of complete micro-control. It is mathematically and psychologically impossible.

First, in any system, and in complex systems most of all, there are always elements that cannot be quantified or predicted. To understand this issue, I recommend studying the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. To summarize, the uncertainty principle dictates that anyone observing a system in action, even from a distance, can still affect the behavior of that system indirectly or unconsciously in ways they could never predict.  They are also limited by their ability to objectively perceive all available elements of what they observe.  Unknown quantities result, predictability goes out the window and total control of that system becomes unattainable.

This principle also applies to human psychology, as numerous psychoanalysts have discovered when treating patients. The doctor, or the observer, is never able to observe their patient without indirectly affecting the behavior of their patient in unpredictable ways. Therefore, a completely objective analysis of that patient can never be obtained.

What the elites seek is a system by which they can observe and influence all of us in minute detail without triggering a reaction that they wouldn’t expect.  The laws of physics and psychology derail this level of control.  There will always be unknown quantities, free radicals, wild cards, etc. Even a seemingly perfect utopia can be brought down by a single unknown.

To break this down even further to the level of pure mathematics, I recommend study into Kurt Godel and his Incompleteness Proof. This, I believe is the ultimate example of the elites struggling against the fact of unknown quantities and failing.

Godel’s work revolved around either proving or disproving the idea that mathematicians could define “infinity” in mathematical terms. For, if infinity can be defined, then it can be understood in base mathematical axioms, and if infinity can be understood, then the universe in its entirety can be understood. Godel discovered the opposite — his incompleteness proof established once and for all that infinity is a self inclusive paradox that CANNOT be defined through mathematics. Keep in mind that a proof is a set of mathematical laws that can never be broken. Two plus two will always equal four; it will never equal anything else.

Well known globalist Bertrand Russell worked tirelessly to show that the entirety of the universe could be broken down into numbers, writing a three volume monstrosity called the Principia Mathematica.  Russell’s efforts were fruitless and Godel’s proof later crushed his theory. Russell railed against Godel’s proof, but to no avail.

Now, why was an elitist like Russell who openly championed scientific dictatorship so concerned by Godel? Well, because Godel, in mathematical terms, destroyed the very core of the globalist ideology. He proved that the globalist aspirations of godhood would never be realized. There are limits to the knowledge of man, and limits to what he can control.  This is not something globalists can ever accept, for if they did, every effort they have made for decades if not centuries would be pointless.

As mentioned earlier, the issue is one of unknown quantities. Can human society ever be fully dominated? Or, is the act of rebellion against stagnating and oppressive systems a part of nature?  Is it possible that the more the elites wrap the world in a cage, the more they inspire unpredictable reactions that could undermine their authority?

This might explain the establishment’s constant attention to the idea of the “lone wolf” and the damage one person acting outside the dictates of the system can do. This is what the elites fear most: the possibility that despite all their efforts of surveillance and manipulation, individuals and groups may one day be struck by an unpredictable urge to pick up a rifle and put the the globalists out of everyone’s misery. No chatter, no electronic trail, no warning.

This is why they are destined to lose. They can never know all the unknowns. They can never control all the free radicals. There will always be rebellion. There will always be a liberty movement. The entirety of their utopian schematic revolves around the need to remove unknowns. They refuse to acknowledge that control at these levels is so frail it becomes useless and mortally dangerous. In their arrogance, they have ignored the warnings of the very sciences they worship and have set their eventual end in stone. While they may leave a considerable path of destruction in their wake, it is already written; they will not win.

Click through for the full essay.

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In Defense of Laziness

Click through to read Charles Chu’s In Defense of Laziness.

He writes,

In a similar manner, von Hammerstein understood that the worst thing you can have is a hardworking idiot that goes around creating more work for everyone else.

This is the situation perpetrated on organisations around the world by the BSI/ISO mindset.

It carried over boot-camp standardisation from the Royal Navy to stamp out individuality in other spheres of enterprise.

ISO management standards train workers to think about how they can provide inspection-fodder for the assessors.  It distracts them from improving the flow of work for customers and from their own well-being.

The Classic Press-up – Boot Camp & Military Fitness Institute

Amway doesn’t have it so easy. It’s fairly simple for independent business operators to walk away when they see through the scam.

It’s not so straightforward for those whose employers love to collect certificates at other people’s expense.

ISO standards impose military discipline to little benefit except to the fee-gathering pyramid of the International Accreditation Forum’s inspection cartel.

Yeah, Why DID the IAF Hand Itself Over to China ...

The standards are loved by the hardworking idiots that don’t just ask, “how high?” but demand attention by showing how much higher they can jump.

General Von Hammerstein warned,

One must beware of anyone who is stupid and diligent — he must not be entrusted with any responsibility because he will always cause only mischief.

ISO quality standards are a mechanism for multiplying such people.

It’s better for a leader to be clever and lazy than clever and hard working.

 

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