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The International Ergonomics Association (IEA)
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The origins of the IEA lie in a project initiated by the European Productivity Agency (EPA), a branch of the Organization for European Economics Cooperation. The EPA established a Human Factors Section in 1955, and in 1956 visited the USA to observe human factors research. The next phase of the EPA project was a technical seminar on “Fitting the Job to the Worker” at the University of Leiden in 1957. It was at this seminar that a set of proposals was presented for the formation of an international association of work scientists.