MDU are moving

    19th December 2017

    I am delighted to announce that MDU are moving onto the World-renowned Cambridge Science Park. Due to our growth, and our growing status as one of the world’s leading specialist consultancies, the time is right for us to take our place among the other major research organisations. We are moving over the Christmas break into […]

    Designing a more engaging app

    1st December 2017

    Apps that are considered medical devices often intend patients to be the primary users and often require the user’s sustained involvement. This continued engagement between the user and the app can be an important factor in the treatments success. The user interface is the link between the user and the app that determines user engagement […]

    Are current risk assessment methods adequately tailored to human factors requirements of usability testing?

    27th November 2017

    This is a question without one answer. MDU ltd. is honoured to have been given the opportunity at the annual Ergonomics and Human Factors conference (EHF2018 – http://events.ergonomics.org.uk/event/ehf2018/) to host a discussion on this very question. The intention of the discussion will be for Human Factors practitioners from industry and academia to discuss experience with […]

    DDL 2017 conference attendance

    23rd November 2017

    It’s been a busy time at MDU with studies every week and more to take place in the four weeks between now and Christmas. Richard will be attending the Drug Delivery to the Lungs (DDL) conference (@DDLConferences) in Edinburgh on 7 December, so if you will be at the conference and would like to discuss […]

    Cambridge Human Factors course

    9th November 2017

    Great to see such a large, informed and interested group at the 3-day Human Factors course in Cambridge. At the invitation of Ron Kaye, I gave an update to the group on the latest developments at MHRA on human factors, and in particular their expectations from manufacturers. I also outlined the very latest news about […]

    Inhaler errors and asthma control – largest ever survey

    30th October 2017

    Over the past few years I have had the privilege of working on a very large European observational study which set out to investigate the scale of use errors when asthma patients use their inhalers. The CRITIKAL study set out to establish the scale of use error, and also (for the first time) to try […]

    13485:2016 ACCREDITATION

    17th October 2017

    Medical Device Usability have today been audited to the new 13485:2016 standard and have passed with no warnings. Having to complete the transition of our 13485:2012 Accreditation to the new standard 13485:2016, into an already busy schedule, where it is always business as usual and so as to not cause any disruption to our client’s […]

    Surgical medical device validation testing

    17th October 2017

    Last week saw five of the Medical Device Usability team at a pilot for a validation study at the SaIL (Simulation and Interactive Learning) Centre at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. The usability testing will be carried out on a surgical medical device, which we completed the formative testing for in May 2017 in Leeds. […]

    MHRA Human Factors Guidance for Medical Devices including drug-device combination products

    20th September 2017

    The UK’s Regulatory Agency MHRA has just published its Human Factors and Usability Engineering – Guidance for Medical Devices including Drug-device Combination Products. The guidance states that it is intended for “manufacturers of all device classes and developers of medical devices and drug-device combination products, and notified bodies responsible for assuring the quality of those […]

    Usability testing of auto-injectors and safety syringes

    18th September 2017

    One team left at the weekend for nine days formative testing in New Jersey, starting today. The study will be testing the usability of safety syringes and auto-injectors to deliver a new medication. Five different users group have been recruited to take part including patients, caregivers and Healthcare Professionals.