Category Archives: Cartel

Cartel

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Investigations have alleged a major chicken processor has been guilty of numerous offences including repackaging out-of-date chicken and destroying traceability evidence.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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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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Failing to repay

As university educations become impossibly expensive for ordinary people, Gary North advises, “Here is a general rule. Any barrier to entry into any field that cannot be legally penetrated by means of a competitive examination is there for only one reason: … Continue reading

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UKAS Imaging Services Accreditation Scheme

Have you ever helped a charity raise money to buy a hospital a scanner?  Hospitals have a lot of other things to spend money on besides diagnostic equipment – accreditation, managers, translators, overpriced drug contracts, negligence claims… UKAS’s Imaging Services … Continue reading

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Royal Statistical Society is initiated into the inspection cartel

The ISO has initiated the Royal Statistical Society into the inspection cartel.  Its role will be to certify those who wish to be recognised as Six Sigma and Lean practitioners to ISO 18404:2015: Quantitative methods in process improvement – Six … Continue reading

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NHS England strongly endorses diagnostic services accreditation

The latest UKAS newsletter tells us that the NHS is still falling for its unvalidated assurances of quality in a bigger way than ever:  NHS England strongly endorses diagnostic services accreditation Note to graduates of NHS leadership programmes: validate accreditation … Continue reading

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DTI-UKAS memorandum of understanding

Have you ever wondered what the agreement looks like when a government department grants a body a national monopoly that protects it from competition ?  Click here to find out.

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ISO ramps up its embrace, extend, and extinguish strategy

Thinkpurpose warns us of ISO 18404. Still unable to admit that it doesn’t work to manage people as if they were manufactured objects, the ISO has again plagiarised other quality management systems into its latest expensive document.  That will stop … Continue reading

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ISO silent over Volkswagen certifications

A little bit of history: “Julian Huxley, Aldous Huxley’s older brother is THE GUY who paved the way for the standardization of our everyday lives. He originated the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization or UNESCO. Under the direction … Continue reading

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