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Developing HFE Strategies to Meet Global Regulations

Our senior HFE experts outline key global regulators’ HFE expectations and how to address those expectations comprehensively and efficiently.

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Watch now: Developing HFE strategies to meet global regulations

Watch this webinar to learn about different regions’ human factors engineering (HFE) guidance and internationally driven standards, including a brief history of the evolution of standards.

Webinar date

Feb. 15, 2024


Merrick Kossack, Research Director & General Manager (HFR&D), Emergo by UL
Allison Y. Strochlic, Senior Research Director (HFR&D), Emergo by UL

Incorporating Human Factors Engineering into product development and compiling HFE documentation that meets the increasingly stringent requirements of regulators globally can be challenging and costly. This webinar describes considerations and approaches that can be taken to build robust HFE strategies that are efficient and cost-effective, taking into account differing global requirements and supporting product designs and documentation that are acceptable to regulators.

Webinar attendees will walk away with:
  • An understanding of regulators’ HFE expectations in the US, Europe, China and Japan, including the relevant standards and guidance documents and primary HFE deliverables 
  • Key questions to discuss with project stakeholders, depending on your product launch strategy   
  • Guidance regarding which HFE activities are more versus less scalable, and which HFE data can be leveraged between launch markets, to promote efficient and cost-effective HFE execution will be provided.

About the speakers

Merrick Kossack, Research Director & General Manager (HFR&D)

For over 25 years, Kossack has helped companies develop processes and strategies to address their human factors engineering needs, particularly for complex and high-risk systems. His areas of expertise include integrating human factors engineering into established design and development processes, conducting complex usability studies, and advising on human factors strategy to satisfy regulatory needs. He received an M.S. degree in Human-Machine Systems Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois. Kossack is a contributing author to “Applied Human Factors in Medical Device Design” (2019) and has delivered numerous presentations on the subject. He is an active member of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Human Factors Engineering subcommittee as well as IEC TC 62/SC 62A/JWG 4, both responsible for the creation of human-factors-related standards and guidance. He is also a member of the AAMI faculty staff teaching their “Human Factors for Medical Devices” course. In 2020, Kossack was inducted into UL Solutions' William Henry Merrill Society as a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff.

Allison Y. Strochlic, Senior Research Director (HFR&D)

Strochlic was one of the Emergo by UL, Human Factors Research & Design team’s co-founders, in 2005. She has spent her entire career applying human factors engineering principles to medical and pharmaceutical product development. She advises clients on how to apply human factors engineering (HFE) in a manner that meets FDA’s and other regulators’ expectations, including developing program plans and leading key meetings on various HFE topics with regulators. Strochlic contributes to and oversees a wide range of research and evaluation activities and helps manage the team’s quality management system. Strochlic is a co-author of a book titled “Usability Testing of Medical Devices,” an author of several technical articles, and an editor for the “Human Factors in Healthcare” journal. She frequently delivers conference presentations, leads panels and presents webinars on various HFE topics. Strochlic is a Certified Human Factors Professional and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in human factors from Tufts University and Bentley University, respectively.

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