Human Factors in Device Design – Results on Patient Insight Unveiled at Prefilled Syringes Europe

Press Release ( - LONDON, England - Nov 03, 2016 - SMi Group are excited to have results from a recent patient study, presented at its 9th Annual Pre-Filled Syringes Europe conference when it returns to London in January 2017.

Earlier this year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released new draft guidance to inform medical device manufacturers which device types should have human factors data included in premarket submissions, as well as final guidance from 2011 on applying human factors and usability engineering to medical devices.*

What does this mean for device developers? What impact does this have on Pre-Filled Syringes versus auto-injectors? What do patients want in their injectable devices? What features are important to them and why?

These will be some of the questions addressed in a dedicated spotlight on human factors at Pre-Filled Syringes Europe 2017. Highlights will include a keynote address by Novartis HFE expert, Nick Stones, who will discuss crucial regulatory changes and provide a detailed update on new and revised HFE guidelines.

Following on from this, Richard Featherstone, Managing Director of Medical Device Usability, will present key findings on injectable devices through a recent study amongst 136 patients. The results will provide valuable patient insight into questions such as:

– Why do some patients prefer to see the needle and others don’t?
– Why do some patients want large devices and others prefer small?
– How important is the device colour?
– Do patients want devices that make sound or devices that are silent?

Further information including a detailed conference agenda and speaker line-up is available at…

For those looking to register, there is currently a £100 early bird saving available online which expires on 30th November 2016.

Pre-Filled Syringes Europe 2017
9th Annual Conference: 18th & 19th Jan | Interactive Workshops: 17th Jan
Copthorne Tara Hotel, Kensington, London UK

Sponsored by: Früh Verpackungstechnik Ag, Medical Device Usability, Mitsubishi Gas Chemical, Owen Mumford, Mikron Automation, Nemera, Nipro Pharmapackaging, Terumo Pharmaceutical Solutions, West Pharmaceutical Services, Zeon

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Contact Information:

For all media enquiries contact Teri Arri on Tel: +44 (0)20 7827 6162 / Email:
For delegate enquires contact Fateja Begum on Tel: +44 (0)20 7827 6184 / Email:
To sponsor or exhibit contact Alia Malick on Tel: +44 (0)20 7827 6168 / Email:

About SMi Group:

Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at

Source : SMi Group

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