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Risks & Regulation in IVF

Involuntary automaticity and human error

Despite using verbal checks to ensure patient safety, healthcare staff make mistakes.  One explanation for this is that humans are inclined to respond automatically to questioning without matching their actions to their words. 

Brian Toft, Professor of patient safety at Coventry University, UK, coined the phrase “involuntary automaticity” to explain the phenomenon following investigation into a series of adverse events relating to misidentification of samples. Toft (2004) concluded that these adverse events were caused through a mixture of inadvertent human error and inadequate double checking. 

Introducing automated systems such as barcoding is suggested as an effective way of reducing mistakes caused by human error. Ref: Involuntary automaticity: a work-system induced risk to safe health care. Health Serv Manage Res. 2005 Nov;18(4):211-6.

A recent independent study carried out by Sophie Bird et al at The London Bridge Fertility, Gynaecology and Genetics Centre, London, concluded that the true error rate in IVF clinics (based on individual transfer steps or procedures performed) due to mismatching patient identification could be around one in a thousand (9/7799 transfer steps). 

Regulatory requirements

Because regulatory requirements for witnessing, labelling and traceability are wide ranging and differ between individual Competent Authorities and Regulatory Bodies, we work with clients giving careful consideration to each clinic’s user requirement specifications (URS) prior to implementation of the Matcher system.  

The URS helps ensure the clinic is adhering to all relevant legislation relating to, for example, data protection, processing and storing of tissues and cells, Competent Authority codes of practice, medical devices regulations, etc.

It is generally accepted that in most countries around the world IVF is becoming more highly regulated as the industry evolves.  This is why IMT is committed to assisting clinics in being proactive in meeting the regulatory challenges they are facing, and to providing a simple and comprehensive system for addressing them through Matcher.

Assistance to fully validate the Matcher system during implementation at your site is just part of the service we provide, including Risk Assessment assistance and provision of documentary evidence to qualify the design (DQ), installation (IQ), operation (OQ) and performance (PQ) of the system.

Latest news

Contact the IMT Matcher team or your local distributor to see the latest developments in electronic witnessing. 




Electronic witnessing should be an essential component of the safety systems incorporated into every IVF process, and Matcher has been a significant and important technology for
the CARE teams
Simon Fishel, Founder & Managing Director, CARE Fertility Group, UK