Human factors is the science and the methods used to make devices easier and safer to use. The Human Factors team advances the FDA’s patient safety mission by distributing information about the design, testing, and selection of usable medical devices for clinical and home settings. We work with manufacturers to help ensure the application of Human Factors engineering to the design of new products. We also help device users through identification and investigation of use-related errors.
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