Human Factors and Usability Engineering in the Development of Drug Delivery Products

This two-day workshop has been designed specifically for product developers who want to incorporate human factors testing into their product development, or need to provide the regulators with specific usability data for their device

26-27 Feb 2020

& 30 Sep-1 Oct 2020

GBP 1,499 1,299 *
EUR 2,099 1,819 *
USD 2,338 2,026 *
* When you book before 17 Jan

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PLEASE NOTE: The venue for this event has now changed to the Rembrandt Hotel for October

Newly updated programme

This two-day workshop has been designed specifically for product developers who want to incorporate human factors testing into their product development, or need to provide the regulators with specific usability data for their device. The format for the day will be interactive with the presenter sharing his experiences as a specialist with extensive knowledge and understanding of the requirements of IEC 62366 and FDA Human Factors Guidance. There will be questions posed for discussion and delegates will work through some of the key aspects of performing a successful human factors study

Why you should attend

By attending this seminar you will:

  • Understand the requirements of IEC 62366 and FDA Human Factors Guidance
  • Know how to provide the regulators with specific usability data for your device
  • Understand human factors and the design process
  • Learn how to validate combination products
  • Consider human factors and risk
  • Discuss generic combination products – ANDAs and HF
  • Find out what HF data FDA require for biosimilars

Who should attend

This event will be beneficial to those working in the following areas:
  • Engineering and device development
  • Packaging
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Quality systems
  • Quality assurance
  • Risk management
  • Marketing
  • Usability and human factors engineering

Programme day one

Legal and regulatory basis for human factors

  • US and EU law – the place of human factors
  • International usability engineering (UE) standards
  • Human Factors Guidance – FDA and MHRA
  • FDA and human factors

Human factors and the design process

  • Design inputs – how HF can guide your combination product design
  • Design verification – examples of formative work for combination products
  • Design review – how to use the outputs from formative work to feed into design review
  • Design validation – how human factors fits in the design validation work

Validation testing

  • A detailed look at validating combination products
  • Objectives, methods, analysis and reporting
  • Common problems with validation
    • and how to avoid them
  • Latest FDA views on validation data for combination products

Human factors and risk

  • Use-related risk analysis (URRA)
    • what it is, and how it differs from FMEAs
  • Constructing a URRA – a practical exercise for a combination product
  • Risk control measures – how to use them, document them and provide evidence that they are effective
  • Residual risk – how to do a residual risk analysis

Programme day two

Human factors and the clinical trials programme

  • How and where HF activities work in relation to clinical trials
  • Differences between HF and clinical studies
  • How to gather usability data from your clinical programme

Usability engineering process

  • A practical, hands-on UE workshop, using a real combination product as an example

Generic combination products – ANDAs and HF

  • Human factors requirements for ANDA submissions
  • Critical design attributes
  • The role of HF in determining substitutability
  • Threshold analyses – latest FDA requirements
  • Comparative HF studies – what they are and how to run them

Ethics and IRB

  • When is IRB/ethics approval necessary for HF studies?
  • Human subject protection during HF studies – risks and mitigations

Platform devices

  • Sampling plans – who should you recruit if you don’t know what the drug will be?
  • What HF data should you develop for your platform device?

Sharps prevention – simulated clinical use testing

  • How to satisfy the FDA guidance on simulated use of sharps prevention features


  • What HF data does the FDA want for biosimilars?
  • How do FDA review the human factors data for biosimilars?


Richard Featherstone

Richard Featherstone is Research Director, Human Factors Research & Design, Emergo by UL, and previously Managing Director of Medical Device Usability Limited, a specialist human factors consultancy that works exclusively with new and emerging medical technologies. He has been designing and conducting human factors studies for over 10 years, and his experience includes a wide range of drug delivery technologies including inhalers, auto-injectors, nasal sprays and associated devices such as tele-health systems. He and the MDU team regularly test in the US, UK, Europe and Australia and undertake formative and summative testing for some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical and medical device companies as well as small start-ups. Based in Cambridge, Richard set up and grew MDU into one of Europe’s largest specialist medical HF consultancies. Over 10 years of testing has meant that Richard has built a considerable body of knowledge of the practical aspects of designing, undertaking and reporting of both types of testing.

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26-27 Feb 2020
26-27 Feb 2020 Cavendish Hotel, London GBP 1,499.00
EUR 2,099.00
USD 2,338.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
GBP 1,299.00
EUR 1,819.00
USD 2,026.00
Until 17 Jan*
Enrol now
30 Sep-1 Oct 2020
30 Sep-1 Oct 2020 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 1,499.00
EUR 2,099.00
USD 2,338.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
Online registration unavailable: this date is nearing full capacity; please call us on 020 7749 4730 to register.

* Note the early booking discount cannot be combined with any other offers or promotional code

Previous customers include...

  • Ablynx NV
  • AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals AG
  • Bespak Europe Ltd
  • Biocompatibles UK Ltd.
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG
  • Camurus AB
  • CSL Behring
  • DCA Design International
  • Eveon SA
  • Ferrer Internacional, S.A.
  • Flextronics Design srl
  • Independent
  • Indivior Plc
  • Knowledge Pool Group Ltd
  • Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  • Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency
  • MHRA
  • Nicovations
  • Owen Mumford Ltd
  • Portal Instruments
  • Presspart Manufacturing Limited
  • Provensis Ltd, a BTG International Group Company
  • Research and Markets
  • Savara Pharmaceuticals
  • Silgan Dispensing Systems
  • Vetter Pharma International GmbH
  • Worrell
  • ​ F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd

Really great overview, could be more detailed but would require more time. Richard gets an A+

Matthew Gottschalk, Director of Human Factors - Europe, Worrell

Very informative, clearly giving in depth and suitable info

Emily Clements, Market Research, Nemaura Pharma Ltd

Speaker was very responsive to specific questions, which I appreciated

Andrea Fernandes, Manager, Integrated Care Strategy, Portal Instruments

All good - content and instruction

Herve Pacaud, Business Development Director, Aptar France SAS

Very good, pace right and a good refresher

Joe Neale, Director, Technical Development, Provensis Ltd, a BTG International Group Company

Very good, well presented and met my expectations - adapted to non-expert

Claire Jahan, Market Intelligence, APTAR FRANCE SAS

The course content is very relevant for anyone who is a beginner (like myself) in HF studies, the presentation style was informal and relaxed which helped the attendees to take part and there was plenty of useful audience participation

Valerie Joynson, Senior Scientific Assessor, MHRA