Human factors and the FDA's goals: improved medical device design

Biomed Instrum Technol. 1996 Mar-Apr;30(2):107-9.


The Food and Drug Administration's new human factors design requirements for medical devices were previewed by the director of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) at AAMI/FDA's Human Factors in Medical Devices Conference held in September 1995. Director Bruce Burlington, MD, said the FDA plans to take a closer look at how new medical devices are designed to ensure proper attention has been paid to human error prevention. As a medical practitioner who has witnessed use-related deaths and injuries, Burlington stressed the importance of the medical community's reporting use errors as they occur and manufacturers' creating easy-to-use labeling and packaging. He also called for simplicity and quality of design in medical products, and asked for a consolidated effort of all professionals involved in human factors issues to help implement and further the FDA's new human factors program. An edited version of his presentation appears here.

MeSH terms

  • Consumer Behavior
  • Drug Labeling
  • Drug Packaging / standards*
  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment Failure
  • Equipment and Supplies / standards*
  • Ergonomics / methods*
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Iatrogenic Disease / prevention & control*
  • Medication Errors
  • United States
  • United States Food and Drug Administration*