Monthly Archives: November 2018

Statistical pitfalls of accreditation

While doctors who experience UKAS assessments are becoming increasingly cynical about them, few have yet called out accreditation and stopped it. Stephen Senn’s comment in Nature, Statistical pitfalls of personalized medicine.  Misleading terminology and arbitrary divisions stymie drug trials and can … Continue reading

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Police question third forensic scientist in ISO-accredited lab

The Daily Mail has reported police investigation of another forensic scientist employed by Randox Testing Services.   You can see that accreditation is still in force for the company so UKAS can keep invoicing them every year. “This is just a … Continue reading

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Uncertainty of hypocrisy

When the assessors visit they want to see that masses of statistical work has been done to demonstrate the uncertainty of your measurements.  ISO 17025 requires it.  Assessment gang members have additional guides on it.  Customers who just wanted test reports … Continue reading

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Getting Rid of Stupid Stuff

Melinda Ashton wrote in Getting Rid of Stupid Stuff  November 8, 2018 N Engl J Med 2018; 379:1789-1791. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1809698. In the second category — documentation that could be completed more effectively — we identified a feature called the rounding row that … Continue reading

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