Monthly Archives: April 2016

Once upon a time: a tale of ISO 15189 accreditation

The editorial below is a useful summary of the history and future plans for ISO 15189 in European laboratories. The authors say proof of its value comes from the fact that this originally voluntary process has already been made mandatory … Continue reading

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You don’t increase the weight of a pig by weighing it

 Too much scrutiny is bad for general practice BMJ2016; 353 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2151(Published 19 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2151 The UK is almost alone in Europe with its micromanagement of primary care Mary McCarthy, GP, Shrewsbury, mary.mccarthy@nhs.net In Ireland there’s a … Continue reading

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“The biggest scam in history”

“Global warming is the biggest scam in history. I am amazed, appalled and highly offended by it.”   Longtime meteorologist and Weather Channel founder John Coleman “…The bottom line reality to virtually everything today is driven by money, power and control. The climate change … Continue reading

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98.7% of the EU grant applications will be rejected

ROARS reports the ongoing failure of academic management in terms of effort wasted on EU grant applications, “…if the rejection rate is 98,7%, the message given by the EU is, in effect, that almost all of the academic units participating … Continue reading

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Academics in Italy have boycotted assessment

Academics in Italy have boycotted assessment. What has it achieved? Many Italians have refused to take part in the country’s research assessment exercise. Alberto Baccini and Giuseppe De Nicolao consider the protest’s impact …one thing is clear: active academic resistance to … Continue reading

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Do all accreditation programmes do harm?

Muir Gray memorably wrote, All screening programmes do harm; some do good as well, and, of these, some do more good than harm at reasonable cost. The first task of any public health service is to identify beneficial programmes by … Continue reading

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‘Faster payments’ enable ‘faster fraud’

Despite some increased bureaucracy that inconveniences customers and staff, the banking industry has been excused both thorough criminal investigation and crippling ISO accreditation. Richard Emery has proposed a safeguard to limit the facilitation of fraud that will arise from the … Continue reading

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Labs consider the compatibility of US legislation and ISO 17025

Sten Westgard enquires, IQCP and ISO 15189: Incompatible or In sync? There is lack of certainty on how regulations may be applied internationally. The ISO hasn’t said if it’s acceptable to reduce frequency of QC testing for tests that are performed infrequently. … Continue reading

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Should we trust forensic science?

Here is an interesting debate – Should We Trust Forensic Science?  It disputes an earlier article, Forensic Pseudoscience The Unheralded Crisis of Criminal Justice, questioning aspects of American forensic science. Even when science is accredited to ISO 17025 there remains unsatisfactory room for doubt.  … Continue reading

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The Tremendous Twelve self-organise without SOPs

Our awesome adventure, by the gang of ‘human arrow’ kids who led cops to robbers: A ‘jolly jape’ straight out of Enid Blyton… the crime-busting heroics of the Tremendous Twelve and Molly the Dog  Youngsters aged between six and 12 … Continue reading

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