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Practical problems

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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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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ISO 15189 leading us away from purpose

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The sociology of rejection: How editors and reviewers justify rejecting critical manuscripts

Criticisms of the ISO’s inspector employment scheme do not exist in the scientific literature.  There isn’t a single reason for this.  Mostly scientists and medics have fallen into the necessary groupthink and don’t challenge the waves of demands made on … Continue reading

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The slow death curve of ISO 9000?

Google books Ngram viewer shows the death curve of ISO 9000. It happens to management fads: ISO 17025 is too insignificant to be measured by the Google tool, but ISO 15189 may be growing. Of course you could use a different measure: … Continue reading

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Which commercial interest would you prefer?

The inspection cartel wants you to obsess about uncertainty of measurement, or measurement error, as some prefer to call it. Sometimes it’s small, sometimes it’s big. But it is real, it’s often important, but in many situations it’s not much … Continue reading

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Los 10 pecados de la ISO 9000

This blog has previously linked to JM Raventos’ excellent article.  Important posts from other blogs have disappeared.  We wouldn’t want to lose this one, so here it is (Google translation from Spanish). Remember, this just exposes ISO 9000.  The article doesn’t refer to ISO … Continue reading

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As Ebola screening, so quality screening

Ebola is the news of the moment. Enhanced airport screening is one of the measure that the government department of theatrics is using to make everyone feel safer. Mabey et al. noted the lack of evidence that this might work.  They calculated … Continue reading

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Everything we know is still false

John Ioannidis’ paper, Why Most Published Research Findings Are False has now reached the mainstream media.  If you’re quick, you can listen to a BBC radio programme about the limitations of science: Everything We Know Is Wrong   BBC Radio 4 … Continue reading

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Evidence based medicine: a movement in crisis?

This blog has criticised the accreditation movement for the lack of evidence to support its claims.  The rise of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) has not enabled healthcare professionals to spot the seriousness of accreditation’s shortcomings. In an excellent essay in … Continue reading

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