Tag Archives: EQA

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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Winding back the harms of management accreditation?

The BMJ is campaigning against the harms of too much medicine.  Yes, too much medicine can do plenty of harm.  In the ensuing discussion one (slow) rapid response draws parallels with the harm caused by accrediting human behaviour.  We knew … Continue reading

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Not quite “the most anal-OCD masters of the universe” (with pictures)

Photographers don’t need the inspection cartel to make them obsessive, but they deal with it differently. “…’Bad lenses are rare, but the people who examine them with anal zeal are not and this article won’t cure them, sad to say.’ … Continue reading

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Accreditation breaks on the hard rock of EQA

External Quality Assurance is intended to reveal where the best intentions of good practice fall down.  It shows how individual laboratory’s numerical results compare when examining a batch of identical samples sent to multiple labs. Fortunately, it also exposes accreditation’s inability to … Continue reading

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EQA exposes the sham

The quality cartel is characterised by smug exceptionalism in denying that its dogmas require validation or ethical approval. External Quality Assurance (EQA) schemes distribute spiked samples of known contents to participating laboratories.  If labs aren’t doing their job well, their … Continue reading

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Metrical perfectionism is often inappropriate for biological systems

UKAS comes from an engineering background.  Although the readings are less important than conforming to the written procedures for obtaining them, UKAS tries its best to practice metrical perfectionism.  This might be appropriate for machines but often it is not … Continue reading

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