Monthly Archives: July 2012

Mythbusting sports products

The BMJ has a series of articles debunking sports drinks and athletic paraphernalia. So widely advertised.  So widely believed by those that think they need them.  The science behind the marketing claims is of low quality. “This evidence and the finding … Continue reading

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How much error are we dealing with?

In biological systems, quite a lot.  Do you think accreditation has reduced it already?  Or is advice in expert papers such as this more important? Assessment of Accuracy of Identification of Pathogenic Yeasts in Microbiology Laboratories in the United Kingdom … Continue reading

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UKAS/BIS survey: the value of accreditation in the economy

“The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have commissioned a study to capture the value of accreditation in the economy. The study is being conducted by Dr Ray Lambert and Dr Marion Frenz of Birkbeck, … Continue reading

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Arab Spring, Academic Spring; where’s the Accreditation Spring?

Privatising the profits, socialising the losses.  It’s not just banks, that’s how the academic publishing industry shows such a profit too.  Taxpayers pay for academic research.  Academics do the work, pay page charges (often over £1000) to publish their results … Continue reading

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Is the “confidence” accreditation delivers just relief of the nocebo effect?

The media creates a tumultuous ocean of poorly-interpreted information to keep you worrying and buying products.  Sometimes the expectation may be of health.  Or Harm.  Or sometimes just sex. In contrast, the quality cartel offers…”confidence.”  Remember, it can’t quantitate confidence.  Where the … Continue reading

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