We are proud to announce that Inspired Usability has been awarded the status of Registered Human Factors Consultancy by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (or CIEHF). Inspired Usability is the only registered consultancy that is purely dedicated to medical device and combination product development. The CIEHF vision is “Ergonomics Everywhere: a world where ergonomics and human factors are recognised, value and applied to the benefit of people organisations and societies”. In becoming a registered consultancy we have demonstrated to the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors through our case-studies and client recommendations that we have the expertise in the following areas:

  • Medical Device Regulatory Support
  • Anatomy & anthropometry in human activities
  • Product design and consumer ergonomics
  • Risk assessments – various work situations
  • Task analysis
  • Usability assessment

and agree to abide by the CIEHF’s code of conduct. You can learn more about the CIEHF and the practice of ergonomics and human factors on the CIEHF website.

Journey towards becoming a registered Human Factors Consultancy

2017 has been a busy year for both Inspired Usability and Human Factors. The MHRA launched their Human Factors guidance (read my article here) given more guidance for the Human Factors activities required for CE marking.

At Inspired Usability we have been involved with a surprising breadth of projects. Some of the highlights include:

  • Seeing the inside of a patient’s abdomen during in 3D during a contextual inquiry for a device to be used during robotic surgery
  • The breadth and insight from talking to healthcare professionals about a specific surgical procedure
  • Actionable insights gained from formative usability studies
  • Positive feedback from the FDA on summative study protocols
  • Having my brain scanned as part of an Innovate UK funded project (you can see the film created by Radar Film here
  • Carrying out the review of legacy devices

2018 looks to be another exciting year. We look forward to learning about your Human Factors needs for medical device and combination product developments in the coming year.


Published On: January 10th, 2018 / Categories: CIEHF, News, Regulatory / Tags: , , , /

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