Author Archives: ISOwatcher

Randox Testing Services blew the whistle on rogue employees -and on UKAS

Randox Testing Services (RTS) were hit by employees manipulating forensic results.  So far, it may affect 10,500 specimens.  It’s going to cost RTS £2.5M to retest specimens the police sent them.  That’s on top of what they paid to UKAS … Continue reading

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Failed regulation of medical devices

The BMJ is asking Why aren’t medical devices regulated like drugs?   “How much do you know about the safety and effectiveness of the implanted devices your patients are offered? You may assume that pacemakers, neurostimulators, joint prostheses, and breast … Continue reading

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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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ISO standards – the backlash

Nuclear safety guy, Martin Wakeman, summarises the backlash against malpractice using ISO standards in cartoons:

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Accreditation of US hospitals did not improve patient outcomes

The BMJ published Association between patient outcomes and accreditation in US hospitals: observational study by Lam et al. BMJ 2018;363:k4011  http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4011 The Boston doctors investigated over 4 million patient outcomes in this retrospective observational study. Their conclusions? “US hospital accreditation by … Continue reading

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Six Sigma Is Draining Employees’ Creativity

Should your organization decide that ISOs are inadequate and add Six Sigma, consider Andrew Smart’s explanation and click through to read more fully or to order his book: The single most important goal of the Six Sigma is to reduce varia­tion in … Continue reading

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Fingerprints blunder puts trials at risk as police chiefs create emergency group to ensure labs get accreditation

Peter Hitchens is critical of modern British policing.  He wrote in the Mail on Sunday, “And now we learn, to my total lack of surprise, that prosecutions have sunk to an all-time low in England and Wales, at a time … Continue reading

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