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Eugene Canavan

Healthcare Design Director

Eugene Canavan is an industrial designer and HFE specialist who has worked in consumer and medical product development for 23 years. He is the director of the Healthcare team at Design Partners, a strategic product & interaction design consultancy. Eugene is a visiting lecturer for the medical device design course at the National College of Ireland, Dublin University Bio-engineering and external examiner at CIT design-core, Ireland. Eugene is currently mentoring a PhD in Human Factors Engineering of surgical devices at University of Limerick.


An increasingly important regulatory requirement

Human Factors Engineering is becoming an increasingly important regulatory requirement. In our experience however, human factors engineering is also a strategic product development and cost containment tool. Though there is a significant body of knowledge surrounding human factors, sometimes it can be unclear as to how to integrate human factors into a product development programme.

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A Proven Process

In response to this, we have designed a proven process that reduces the cost and risk of product development while improving product safety. You can view and download a digital copy of our publication on Integrating Human Factors Engineering into the Design Process and the accompanying poster online or request hard copies of the publication by emailing

Human Factors Engineering Posterdesign partners hfe publication

“To ensure a highly usable and safe product or truly effective system, the one proven way to accomplish it is through human-centred design.”

Hal W. Hendrick, Applied Ergonomics Vol. 39 2008