Monthly Archives: September 2016

Limits to Personalized Cancer Medicine

As money is prepared to be poured into personalized cancer medicine, the NEJM has published an opinion that the promises of personally-targeted therapy are little better than the promises of ISO accreditation. Limits to Personalized Cancer Medicine. Ian F. Tannock, … Continue reading

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ISO silent over Volkswagen certifications

A little bit of history: “Julian Huxley, Aldous Huxley’s older brother is THE GUY who paved the way for the standardization of our everyday lives. He originated the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization or UNESCO. Under the direction … Continue reading

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We wouldn’t say those that developed ISO management accreditation were intellectuals. Nor would we apply the word to those that assess other human beings to these standards. However, Nassim Nicholas Taleb‘s essay, The Intellectual Yet Idiot, provides some insight into the minds of those … Continue reading

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Antibacterial soaps banned because they do nothing – why not ban ISO 17025?

Soap and water works: FDA says antibacterial soaps do nothin Posted on September 6, 2016 by Doug Powell Bacteria are good at making babies. So next time you see an advert claiming the product removes 99.9 per cent of bacteria, … Continue reading

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A billion, billion monkeys typing

Fred Reed presents his calculation: “- a monkey typing randomly on a keyboard would eventually write all the books in the British Museum. This sounds plausible and, in a purely mathematical sense, is true. What are the odds? Consider a … Continue reading

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Lean cost $1,511 for each dollar saved

Repackaging aspects of Toyota management to sell to gullible managers and politicians as LEAN may be even more wasteful than ISO accreditation.  John Seddon commented, How politicians deal with evidence The failure to value evidence is not limited to UK … Continue reading

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Audit and The Emperor’s New Clothes – on view for over 20 years

We previously drew attention to, D. J. PRATT.   British Standard (BS) 5750 – quality assurance? Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 1995, 19, 31-36.  Abstract BS5750 is the British Standard on “Quality Systems”. Its equivalent in European standards is EN29000 and in the International … Continue reading

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