Author Archives: ISOwatcher

The muddled mind of a UKAS assessor

UKAS’s latest technical bulletin gives further insight into the muddled thinking that lies behind the ISO scheme. Medical Royal College examinations, Continuing Professional Development, GMC registration, revalidation etc. etc. are all unable to render doctors competent any more. And UKAS … Continue reading

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Accredited forensic fakery – how assured are you feeling?

We have seen previously how Randox was fleeced by UKAS in paying for the false assurance of accreditation to ISO 17025.  It didn’t stop “rogue scientists” altering forensic results. Another forensic company has been drawn into the investigation.  Trimega Laboratories boasted … Continue reading

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Essential Services Laboratories

If you’ve read John Seddon you will know that the front office – back office arrangement will be a disaster.  It may have been sold promising economies of scale and a new computer system, neither of which will work out … Continue reading

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ISO – in the swamp

Oxebridge try to make ISO 9001 workable and would like to save it.  The ISO management standards are inadequate, a fraud and facilitate corruption.  We say, let them die. Oxebridge have a sense of humour that’s unusual in those having to deal with … Continue reading

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Kobe Steel – ISO 9001 certification of corruption

KOBELCO_JAPAN_2020 Kobe Steel.  You can download their recent ISO 9001 certificate here. UKAS.  IAF.  Lloyd’s Register LRQA.  It’s got all the jealously-protected logos. Yet the company has been falsifying quality data for its products for over a decade.  Kobe even … Continue reading

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Randox rogues show ISO doesn’t balance

We saw before that Randox Testing Services paid UKAS for ISO accreditation of forensic testing.  Accreditation couldn’t stop employees rendering the results unreliable by falsifying QC results.  Randox called in the police. The Daily Mail reports on the continuing investigation, … Continue reading

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ISO 9001: in need of further compulsion

ISO 9001 is slowly withering.  ISO 17025 is popular among science managers and legislators.  Therefore the new revision of ISO 17025 contains a mandatory nudge towards ISO 9001 to inject a bit of vigour into it. UKAS explains: » ISO/IEC … Continue reading

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Compliance audit fails again. And again…

Potential food safety breaches uncovered at UK’s largest supermarket chicken supplier in ITV News/Guardian investigation Investigations have alleged a major chicken processor has been guilty of numerous offences including repackaging out-of-date chicken and destroying traceability evidence. The company replies, “We … Continue reading

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No gain without pain

A profile of child branding cases in Kashmir valley Rashid, AF et al.  Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine Volume 49, July 2017, Pages 50–53. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jflm.2017.05.001 https://s100.copyright.com/AppDispatchServlet?publisherName=ELS&contentID=S1752928X1730046X&orderBeanReset=true ________________________________________ Highlights •The article is a two year study on Child branding practices … Continue reading

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Inside the minds of pathology reformers

Reforms to pathology services according to the Carter Report are still doing poorly.  The cover-up of the failures is working better: Pathology Networks The morning session provided attendees with different perspectives on Pathology Networks; appropriately titled ‘Networks – a blessing or a curse’. … Continue reading

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