Category Archives: Forensic science

Forensic science

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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Should we trust forensic science?

Here is an interesting debate – Should We Trust Forensic Science?  It disputes an earlier article, Forensic Pseudoscience The Unheralded Crisis of Criminal Justice, questioning aspects of American forensic science. Even when science is accredited to ISO 17025 there remains unsatisfactory room for doubt.  … Continue reading

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LAB 32 update

Those who think the bureaucracy begins and ends with buying the ISO standard need to dip into the LAB series and other technical documents that UKAS supplies gratis here.  These fill in the considerable gaps that the ISO management standards leave … Continue reading

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Who judges the inspectors?

ISO 17025 is being forced on the labs performing forensic testing.  The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has been considering the issues.  While scientists have been slow to recognise the limitations of the cartel’s inspection system, a QC … Continue reading

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Quality theatre is as security theatre

Paranoia is a productive business for those on the right side of the deals.  Those on the other side are criminals. It could be those performing ridiculous theatrics on everyone to avoid searching for the only sort of person who … Continue reading

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Trawling not solving

One of the errors at the root of the inspection cartel is that it investigates issues that aren’t problems, only “non-compliances” with the ISO standard that might perhaps be related to a problem, if one existed at all.  It is … Continue reading

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A delicious and nutritious failure of regulation and accreditation

Horse meat has been on the menu recently – perhaps for much longer than we realise. Dr Richard North helpfully comments on how this shows the failure of the EU regulatory regime.  Click through and read the posts in his … Continue reading

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