Category Archives: Laboratory medicine

Laboratory medicine

Essential Services Laboratories

If you’ve read John Seddon you will know that the front office – back office arrangement will be a disaster.  It may have been sold promising economies of scale and a new computer system, neither of which will work out … 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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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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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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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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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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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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Having a lovely time without you

Arturo Casadevall and co-authors reported A Framework for Improving the Quality of Research in the Biological Sciences.  doi: 10.1128/mBio.01256-16 30 August 2016 mBio vol. 7 no. 4 e01256-16 ABSTRACT The American Academy of Microbiology convened a colloquium to discuss problems in … Continue reading

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