Tag Archives: ISO 15189

Three rules of groupthink: as global warming, so ISO accreditationism

Christopher Booker discovered Irving Janis’s Victims of Groupthink.  He used it as a framework for his report Global Warming: A Case Study in Groupthink.  We reported James Delingpole’s summary earlier. Here are Irving’s three rule of groupthink, useful because they … Continue reading

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Scott’s parabola gives hope

Scott described the growth and death of fads in surgery: It’s not so different from the curve based on real data published by Walsh which observed the fate of other management fads: Walshe, K. Pseudoinnovation: the development and spread of … Continue reading

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ISO 9001’s ongoing decline

Chris Paris has evaluated the 2016 ISO report on ISO 9001’s uptake.  Read his analysis here. The ISO hasn’t bothered to correct misleading figures designed the inflate the standard’s popularity but it continues its secular trend of decline. China and … Continue reading

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The muddled mind of a UKAS assessor

UKAS’s latest technical bulletin gives further insight into the muddled thinking that lies behind the ISO scheme. Medical Royal College examinations, Continuing Professional Development, GMC registration, revalidation etc. etc. are all unable to render doctors competent any more. And UKAS … 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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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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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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Audit and The Emperor’s New Clothes – on view for over 20 years

We previously drew attention to, D. J. PRATT.   British Standard (BS) 5750 – quality assurance? Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 1995, 19, 31-36.  Abstract BS5750 is the British Standard on “Quality Systems”. Its equivalent in European standards is EN29000 and in the International … Continue reading

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A Decade of Reversal: An Analysis of 146 Contradicted Medical Practices

Prasad et al. have published an analysis of 146 medical practices that had to change when they were shown to have no benefits.  A large proportion of treatments remain of unknown effectiveness or may be harmful.   For this reason … Continue reading

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>90% say accreditation delivers benefits…but…

Authors employed by bodies including the US Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) have written that >90% of public health departments the PHAB accredits report benefits that might have been expected. This sounds a lot like ISO accreditation although the details of the … Continue reading

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