Debrief: Human Factors & Usability Engineering – Drug and Device Digest

FDA Webinar Debrief

February 19, 2016



CDRH, Human Factors Team

  • Shannon Hoste, M.S., Human Factors Pre-Market Evaluation Team Member
  • Xin Feng, Ph.D., Human Factors Pre-Market Evaluation Team Member
  • Hanniebey Wiyor, Ph.D., Human Factors Pre-Market Evaluation Team Member

Presentation Overview

  • Relevant regulations and standards
  • FDA’s Human Factors guidance
  • List of highest priority devices for human factors review – draft guidance


Human Factors/Usability Engineering

Focuses on interactions between people and devices. The critical element is the device user interface, depicted as the red zone in Figure below

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FDA Human Factors Page

FDA 2016 Guidances

Clarify expectations around when to submit a HF report with a premarket submission

HFE3human factors

Summarized previously in this blog

Key Takehomes

  • Human Factors testing is a part of a robust design control subsystem
  • Submit data in premarket submissions if risk analysis indicates user error could result in serious harm
  • Consult FDA early using Q-Sub process to discuss and align on development plan and labeling implications






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