Our story

A people-centred approach

Who we are

Who we are

We are a community of designers, collaborators and innovators. We are a scientific, creative and industrious network of professionals putting people at the centre of everything we do.

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What we do

What we do

We use human factors to bring about change that enables people to be the best they can be. We take challenges and turn them into opportunities. We help people solve problems - and we love it!

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Why we do it

Why we do it

Our vision is to help create a world where integrated design improves life, well-being and performance. In other words, we do it to help make life simpler, safer and more enjoyable for people.

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We're a small professional membership organisation with a track record of big achievements and we never cease to be impressed by the amazing work of our members.

Tina Worthy




What we believe in

We believe in maintaining the highest professional standards and ethical behaviour in research and practice.


We believe in welcoming and respecting difference, recognising that diversity contributes to innovative thinking, design and solutions.


We believe in generating and sharing knowledge and expertise to enhance integrated design.



Where we're going

Our mission is to become the pre-eminent professional home and voice for human factors.

How we're going to get there

Our five year strategy 2020-2024 sets out four main themes which will help to achieve our vision and mission.

Create a world class organisation

We will secure and support our long-term future in order to build our reputation. We will grow and consolidate financial and member resources. We will share knowledge and research through all available channels.

Support our members and their work

We will identify and provide ways to support our members in becoming more effective and influential, so enhancing our collective reputation and that of the discipline. We will facilitate member activities.

Use the concept of 'the Future Human'

We will identify, organise and support innovative and disruptive thinking that advances the discipline. We will raise awareness of the impact that human factors makes across industry and society.

Collaborate and become the Partner of Choice

We will collaborate with other professional institutes, trade bodies, research entities, government departments and agencies to influence how integrated design can improve life, wellbeing and performance.


Where we've come from


Ergonomics emerges as a scientific discipline with the rise in military technology and the recognition that people would only benefit from it if they could understand and use it to its full potential. Civilian applications of technology and analysis of poor performance provides a growing body of evidence linked to difficulties faced by the human operator. Research leads to further investigations of the interactions between people, equipment and their environments.


Distinguished physiologists and psychologists meet in London to form the Ergonomics Research Society (ERS) which becomes the first such professional body in the world.


The ERS evolves to represent the current discipline and becomes the Ergonomics Society (ES) in recognition of the increasing focus on the professional application and practice of ergonomics.


The ES becomes a Registered Charity and a Company.


The ES is renamed the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (IEHF) to reflect the popular usage of both terms and to emphasise the breadth of the discipline.


The discipline’s importance is officially recognised by the award of a Royal Charter to the Institute and it becomes the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors. The first ‘Chartered Ergonomists and Human Factors Specialists’ in the world emerge from eligible members.




2023 was quite a year!

The CIEHF’s AGM will take place online at 17:15 on Monday 15 April 2024. We'll be presenting our annual report and our CEO will be running through our achievements from 2023. Members will also be asked to approve the annual accounts after hearing from our Treasurer. We'll be confirming election of Registered Members or Fellows (or Retired, or Honorary Fellows) to the following positions: President Elect, Council Members (trustees) and Professional Affairs Board Members. We'll also be confirming election of Associate and Technical Members as representatives on Council. We'll be seeking nominations online for all these positions in February. Members must nominate themselves and their nomination must be received and seconded by two other members of the same grade by 29 February 2024. Proposals for changes by Ordinary Resolution to the General Regulations should be emailed to the Chief Executive no later than 1 February 2024. You can see the Regulations in the Charter documents below.

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A new look

In 2022, we took the big step of refreshing our look. Here's what we did.