Author Archives: ISOwatcher

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Investigations have alleged a major chicken processor has been guilty of numerous offences including repackaging out-of-date chicken and destroying traceability evidence.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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Validation and verification guesswork

Dr Bignardi has done a lot of work with validation and verification required by ISO 15189 for just one laboratory device. Validation and verification of automated urine particle analysers.   http://jcp.bmj.com.sci-hub.io/lookup/doi/10.1136/jclinpath-2016-203958. He reports it more simply in the Royal College of … Continue reading

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Resistance from academia to Chartered Scientist registration popular in the NHS

Another bureaucratic body seeks to expand its membership by coercion rather than proven virtue: Drive to register all UK scientists: benchmark or bureaucracy? Critics call proposal for world-first professional recognition system ‘demented’ April 20, 2017 https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/drive-register-all-uk-scientists-benchmark-or-bureaucracy Share on twitter By Holly … Continue reading

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EU 2017/625 recognizes expense of ISO accreditation. But still requires it.

Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2017 on official controls and other official activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health … Continue reading

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ISO/IEC quality coercion doesn’t work for software either

ISO 9000 doesn’t create quality for general management and ISO 17025 and 15189 don’t work for labs.  The authors below “conclude that ISO/IEC 9126 is not suitable for measuring design quality of software products.” The use and usefulness of the … Continue reading

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Exciting developments in healthcare

UKAS says Brexit will require more accreditation.  HM Government seems inclined to believe this.  The Royal College of Physicians (RCP), NHS England, the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) and the Society … Continue reading

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