Pharmaceutical Human Factors Sector Group

About the group

The CIEHF Pharmaceutical Human Factors Sector Group’s focus goes beyond the design of devices and analysis of pharmaceutical care, areas which have received research and regulator attention, to the wider system through which pharmaceuticals are delivered. This includes all aspects of the pharmaceutical life-cycle from the laboratory bench, to trials, to manufacture, to pharmaceutical care and onwards to surveillance of real-world use and outcomes.

There have been examples of both falsified and substandard pharmaceuticals being discovered in the supply network which indicates a need to develop a systems-wide approach to understanding pharmaceutical manufacture, provision and use. Large scale changes are affecting the pharmaceutical industry, driven by changing technologies, healthcare concerns about effective medicines use and value, and the continuing struggle to introduce pharmaceuticals to address unmet needs. These changes include:

  • A shift in the nature of pharmaceuticals from easily replicable chemical entities to biological and advanced therapy products.
  • A shift towards rapid marketing approval for pharmaceuticals using real-world and clinical data.
  • Increasing opportunities for health informatics for both healthcare professionals and patients to better manage prescriptions.

Historically, the human factors community has been split by a need to expand the pool of those able to employ human factors methods and the need to ensure a proper understanding of human factors and ergonomics by non-human factors professionals. Uniquely, the work of this group looks both towards current practice and to the development of tomorrow’s workforce. Its membership, which includes clinicians, as well as consultants, practitioners and researchers from across the human factors and pharmaceutical communities, is engaged in a range of related projects. The group provides a means to consolidate knowledge around pharmaceutical human factors, foster new insight, and support the need for models of human factors integration and competency development across the industry from bench to patient.

How the Group works

The Group has its own online Pharma Sector Group Community space, where all members can post ideas and comments, take part in discussions, and upload useful resources. You can set notifications of new posts to come straight to your inbox in a daily digest. It's a great way to stay in touch.

If you're already a CIEHF member, sign in to MyCIEHF, follow the links and join the Community.

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Find out what the Group has been doing - download the January 2021 newsletter