Monthly Archives: March 2016

Can third party inspections of whether or not healthcare organisations are fulfilling mandatory standards improve care processes, professional practice and patient recovery?

Flodgren et al. enquired, Can third party inspections of whether or not healthcare organisations are fulfilling mandatory standards improve care processes, professional practice and patient recovery?  Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011 Nov 9;(11):CD008992. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD008992.pub2. Effectiveness of external inspection of compliance … Continue reading

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Unnecessary regulation impedes clinical innovation

Will Regulatory and Financial Considerations Dampen Innovation in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory? Peter H. Gilligan,  Melissa B. Millera Address correspondence to Peter H. Gilligan, gilliganncphd@gmail.com. ABSTRACT Over a million prosthetic joints are placed in patients in the United States annually. Of … Continue reading

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ISO 9001:2015 gets SMART

Apparently ISO management standards are continuing to evolve.  They show evidence of intelligent design – ingesting new practices to claim as their own. For the ISO 9001:2015 revision, it’s risk assessment and a management dashboard for those letters beloved of unimaginative … Continue reading

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Something to not celebrate

Something to not celebrate, but a helpful history of how the management of science has been degraded by accreditation. Why, in the list, do they imply association with the invention of the microchip or Human Genome project?  Was accreditation itself too … Continue reading

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Agnotology

We have previously pointed out how accreditation is sold like a toiletry – gain *confidence* by paying money to UKAS and wasting lots more on unnecessary things that they might chance to inspect. Michael J. Hope Cawdery has drawn attention to the deception of … Continue reading

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Feeling Listless?

Theodore Dalrymple may not have suffered ISO accreditation but he has expressed insight into related managerialism through the demands for form-filling and list-making. His comments on checklists apply to all the ISO demands for inspection evidence and offer further explanation … Continue reading

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One of the biggest scams in the world

An inspector once explained how it didn’t matter that UKAS inspectors’ demands are always changing and what a lab does as a result is different every year.  Because you have accreditation, it proves you always have quality. Very conveniently, this is … Continue reading

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No fakes, no liability

The new agreement UKAS requires its victims to sign reminds us of accreditation’s inability to secure quality for customers: 7 Liability  7.1 UKAS shall have no liability to the Customer, whether in contract, tort or otherwise, for any losses, however caused, … Continue reading

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