Author Archives: ISOwatcher

UKAS tries to catch up with COVID-19

Fear Not!  You’ll realize by now that all the risk-based thinking and opportunity-spotting that the ISO requires has failed catastrophically.  Everybody’s pretending they didn’t see COVID-19 coming.  It’s a lie.  A number of experts foresaw something similar. The British Government … Continue reading

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Coronavirus relaxes accreditation for a while

National chief scientists issued an NHS joint statement Supporting the healthcare science workforce response to coronavirus… (publications approval reference: 001559) on 30th March 2020…   Notice, “They must bear in mind that healthcare scientists may need to depart, possibly significantly, … Continue reading

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Is ISO 15189 accreditation really the gift that keeps on giving?

Is ISO 15189 accreditation really the gift that keeps on giving?  Yes, for the assessment cartel.  No, for labs. Green et al. have investigated the effects of ISO 15189 accrediation by INAB in a clinical biochemistry lab (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plabm.2020.e00159). These authors … Continue reading

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COVID-19 – credibility crisis for accreditation

UKAS has stated it plans to conduct all its assessments remotely during the coronavirus pandemic.  Well, they have to.  As assessors succumb, they won’t be able to maintain their schedules. If the organisations they parasitise continue to deliver their services … Continue reading

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COVID-19 tests

Only accreditation sufferers know how long it takes to get a diagnostic tests accredited to ISO standards (count it in months).  However, doctors and the public want millions of COVID-19 tests now. This Daily Mail article describes the options available.  … Continue reading

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Hard times for policing

The forensic work of Randox Testing Services was compromised by rogue employees they had taken on.  Police money was needed to bail the service out. More recently Eurofins Scientific and Eurofins Forensic Services have been hit by a ransomware attack.  Eurofins … Continue reading

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Cholesterol and atherosclerosis deception

Worried about your cholesterol?  Ravnskov et al. say, don’t be. They allege decades of misleading statistics and selective reviews to sustain the hypothesis that high cholesterol is the major cause of CVD. 9. Conclusion The idea that high cholesterol levels … Continue reading

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Gaslighting, not burnout

Burnout of clinicians is the wrong term, argue Dean et al.  Instead they liken the phenomenon to “gaslighting” – the act of psychologically manipulating someone to question their own sanity, in order to gain some advantage. We believe that clinicians … Continue reading

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Hundreds more medical reversals. But not ISO accreditation

Herrera-Perez et al reviewed over 3000 randomized controlled clinical trials in leading medical journals.  They found 396 reversals of practice were indicated. While medical leaders increasingly put their trust in ISO 15189 and ISO 17025 there remains a lack of evidence … Continue reading

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Another UKAS-accredited forensic meltdown

Randox Testing Services found that UKAS accreditation was no security against deceitful employees.  Why would it be?   Massive numbers of British forensic tests are having to be repeated. UK court cases will be further delayed  with a cyberattack on Eurofins … Continue reading

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