Tag Archives: CPA

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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Why no criticism of the inspection cartel?

‘To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” Voltaire. But accreditation guarantees mediocrity. Maybe the absence of criticism is just popular recognition of the lack of achievement accreditation delivers.

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What would happen if I hired two private investigators to follow each other?

Michael Armstrong draws attention to amusing Google searches: Might the investigators’ names be UKAS Assessor and Internal Auditor? Watch them with amusement seeking their tautological proofs…

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Bradford Hill – assess the assessors!

Suppose a responsible body demanded high quality evidence of accreditation’s efficacy and safety.  Then others might consider applying to accreditation the criteria proposed by Bradford Hill for assessing the cause of an illness.  If these criteria can test the cause … 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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Accreditation: protecting us from crocuses or depending on them?

Allan Gaw blogs a description of the Victorian peddlers selling cures to an impoverished and uninformed populace: “…“Our profession is known, sir, as ‘crocussing’ and our dodges and decoctions as ‘fakes’ or rackets. Many other words make up a sort … Continue reading

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Trials are needed before new devices are used in routine practice

This blog has highlighted the blindness of professionals and the hypocrisy of regulators in imposing the expensive treatment of ISO accreditation on healthcare without evidence of any efficacy, effectiveness or value. An analysis published by the BMJ makes interesting reading regarding … Continue reading

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A grand theory

When Thomas Sowell wrote, “The desire of intellectuals for some grand theory that will explain complex patterns with some solitary and simple factor has produced many ideas that do not stand up under scrutiny, but which have nevertheless had widespread … Continue reading

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Compelled hoarding

The ISO standards require the hoarding of superseded paperwork.  Have you ever needed it? It’s just another cunning point to catch you out on! This is another example of the standards being used to transmit the anxieties and mental weaknesses of their … Continue reading

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