Tag Archives: ISO 15189

Cholesterol and atherosclerosis deception

Worried about your cholesterol?  Ravnskov et al. say, don’t be. They allege decades of misleading statistics and selective reviews to sustain the hypothesis that high cholesterol is the major cause of CVD. 9. Conclusion The idea that high cholesterol levels … Continue reading

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Hundreds more medical reversals. But not ISO accreditation

Herrera-Perez et al reviewed over 3000 randomized controlled clinical trials in leading medical journals.  They found 396 reversals of practice were indicated. While medical leaders increasingly put their trust in ISO 15189 and ISO 17025 there remains a lack of evidence … Continue reading

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UKAS always doubted the “confidence” it sells

BSI sells ISO standards like ISO 17025 and 15189, designed to be vague enough to sell to vast numbers of the gullible. UKAS fills in the blanks, gratis, with documents like LAB 1.  These give the specifics in considerable detail. UKAS’s … Continue reading

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UKAS now “a partner to Government”

In a BMTA interview with retired chief executive of UKAS, Paul Stennett MBE, we learn, What is most satisfying is that UKAS is now seen as being a partner to Government, helping to deliver their regulatory agenda and in many cases … Continue reading

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Statistical pitfalls of accreditation

While doctors who experience UKAS assessments are becoming increasingly cynical about them, few have yet called out accreditation and stopped it. Stephen Senn’s comment in Nature, Statistical pitfalls of personalized medicine.  Misleading terminology and arbitrary divisions stymie drug trials and can … Continue reading

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CQC inspections have “little measurable impact” on services, analysis finds

The BMJ has reported a lack of evidence that the inspection regime of the Care Quality Commission improves services. Can we now expect similar scrutiny of UKAS’s inspections of pathology services? We might predict that those employed in the lab … Continue reading

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The most common nonconformities encountered during the assessments of medical laboratories in Hong Kong using ISO 15189 as accreditation criteria

This paper by Ho and Ho preceded that of Wilson et al. which examined ISO 17025 and was missed by these authors.  It used a similar approach to investigating the nature and number of ISO 15189 non-conformances over time. There were … Continue reading

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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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