FDA guidance on 'human factors' triggers new medical designs


One of the hot topics at MD&M West last week in Anaheim, CA was recent guidance from the Food & Drug Administration on application of human factors and usability engineering to medical device design.

The FDA says that the recommendations "are intended to improve the usability of devices to reduce use error, injuries from medical devices, and product recalls. The FDA believes that these recommendations will help control current risks and reduce future risks associated with device use."

It's like manna from heaven for producers of thermoplastic elastomers, already one of the strongest growing plastics in the medical market.

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