Tag Archives: ISO 17025

Hard times for policing

The forensic work of Randox Testing Services was compromised by rogue employees they had taken on.  Police money was needed to bail the service out. More recently Eurofins Scientific and Eurofins Forensic Services have been hit by a ransomware attack.  Eurofins … 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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Another UKAS-accredited forensic meltdown

Randox Testing Services found that UKAS accreditation was no security against deceitful employees.  Why would it be?   Massive numbers of British forensic tests are having to be repeated. UK court cases will be further delayed  with a cyberattack on Eurofins … 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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Randox Testing Services blew the whistle on rogue employees -and on UKAS

Randox Testing Services (RTS) were hit by employees manipulating forensic results.  So far, it may affect 10,500 specimens.  It’s going to cost RTS £2.5M to retest specimens the police sent them.  That’s on top of what they paid to UKAS … Continue reading

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Police question third forensic scientist in ISO-accredited lab

The Daily Mail has reported police investigation of another forensic scientist employed by Randox Testing Services.   You can see that accreditation is still in force for the company so UKAS can keep invoicing them every year. “This is just a … 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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Nature’s Challenges in irreproducible research

Nature published a special on Challenges in irreproducible research. Monya Baker wrote on the crisis of reproducibility in research – 1,500 scientists lift the lid on reproducibility. The figures are grim for the discipline of science in which so many place … 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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