Category Archives: Forensic science

Forensic science

Police forensics contractor ‘sent phones to Fone Fun Shop’ – Sytech suspended

UKAS suspends a number of its customers each quarter.  This proves it’s doing its job while limiting its financial losses. The Guardian reports the story of one of them: Police forensics contractor ‘sent phones to Fone Fun Shop’ Digital evidence lab … Continue reading

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UKAS always doubted the “confidence” it sells

BSI sells ISO standards like ISO 17025 and 15189, designed to be vague enough to sell to vast numbers of the gullible. UKAS fills in the blanks, gratis, with documents like LAB 1.  These give the specifics in considerable detail. UKAS’s … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Counterfeit gold problem grows

Gold bugs generally aren’t in a position to have to care about ISO accreditation or certification.  But Egon von Greyerz tells of something else to worry them, FAKE GOLD – SILVER EXPLOSION – END OF BULL MARKET March 23, 2018  … 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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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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Evaluations, validations and verifications of diagnostic tests – except ISO accreditation

  “Where two kits have equivalent performance characteristics, the one which is easier to use, cheaper, faster or requires a more easily obtainable sample might be preferred.”   UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations Q 1: Evaluations, validations and verifications of diagnostic tests, … Continue reading

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Disgruntled rogue scientists, but accredited

“Rogue scientists” disgruntled with management at Randox forensic services allegedly doctored samples.  Unsurprisingly this led to hundreds of false convictions and other major injustices.  Here is the Daily Mail’s account. Maybe privitising the forensic service wasn’t so smart. Naturally, services … Continue reading

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