USABILITY AND human factors engineering – medical devices
QFI has long experience of assisting medical device manufacturers in the field of usability and human factors engineering. Our specialists can produce full usability engineering documentation to fulfil leading international standards. For instance, we compile usability engineering documents to fulfil expectations of IEC 62366 series standards. Where required, we construct and co-ordinate usability surveys, studies and questionnaires for our clients.
Medical devices generally possess inherent or intuitive usability, properties and characteristics typically originating at manifestations known or believed typical or ideal.
Innovations or added capacity of a medical device or medical device system to provide conditions for users to use the device safely, effectively and efficiently, especially if operated in conjunction or simultaneously with another medical device or technology, however, must fulfil defined ergonomics, usability and human factors engineering principles.
Medical device design must include requirements on ergonomic features, use environment, physical properties and characteristics along with user interfaces, displays plus delivery of information essential for a user to be able to use the device such that it can achieve performances intended under conditions of use specified by the manufacturer.
QFI‘s services can help in this area from earliest design phases to post-market initiatives. Where necessary, we can define usability criteria to include in post-market studies, too.
QFI is adept at fundamental research of biological safety data to guide logical decisions in selecting and combining bio-materials and help to limit risk of regulatory exposure.