Tag Archives: accreditation

Something to not celebrate

Something to not celebrate, but a helpful history of how the management of science has been degraded by accreditation. Why, in the list, do they imply association with the invention of the microchip or Human Genome project?  Was accreditation itself too … Continue reading

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Validating sunk costs

UKAS commissioned an independent market research company to assess its success in prompting awareness of accreditation.  It’s a poor survey that falls well short of the standards that would be required in medical research, yet pathology is making itself subservient … Continue reading

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How a minimum unit price for alcohol was scuppered

Gilmore and Daube have described How a minimum unit price for alcohol was scuppered in the BMJ.   The government buried evidence that it had commissioned because it would have displeased the alcohol industry and its lobbyists.  A country is no more than … Continue reading

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The Men Who Made Us Thin

Jacques Peretti made a fascinating series of TV programmes to follow The Men Who Made Us Fat. The Men Who Made Us Thin shows how the various elements of the weight loss industry have failed to make much impact on … Continue reading

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Proficiency testing in the USA

CLIA legislation forces certain obligations on labs in the USA.  Unlike the EU, ISO 17025 / 15189 accreditation is not one of them.  Proficiency testing is: and so it should be. Testing labs with External Quality Assurance (EQA) samples rather than … Continue reading

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Sales of untested anthrax drug parallel sales of untested accreditation

What happens when you mix vested interest with speculative paranoia and add a bit of the technical stuff?  A lot of taxpayers’ money is wasted. Just as the USSR almost bankrupted itself trying to keep up with Ronald Reagan’s Star Wars, so … Continue reading

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What’s the point of a food safety quango that couldn’t save us from eating stallion burgers?

Click through and read what Leo McKinstry has written of the ongoing horse meat crime scandal: What’s the point of a food safety quango that couldn’t save us from eating stallion burgers? A reader’s comment explains how the Food Standards … Continue reading

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Normally useless

Overall, general health checks were not found to reduce total or cause-specific morbidity or mortality risks. Most doctors will not be surprised to learn that general health checks are of no benefit for a typical patient.  Yet they participate in burdensome accreditation schemes … Continue reading

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Teachers boycott inspectors – chaos or continuous improvement?

Teachers are finding the courage to reject government inspectors: Ofsted ‘to be barred from classroom’ in teacher protest School inspections in England could be thrown into chaos after teachers threatened to boycott Ofsted. The official education watchdog faces being locked … Continue reading

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“How do you know that any of this improves what we do?” Em…

You have read previously the lack of proof that accreditation works.  But it’s not just for this reason that quality managers are understanding the error of their ways: Things I used to believe in and no longer do – ISO9001 ISO9001! … Continue reading

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