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  • Lee Calver
  • 12 June 2015
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International standard for facilities management formally approved

A new international standard for facilities management has been formally approved to proceed into development by the International Organisation for Standardisation following a poll of its 159 member organisations.

ISO 41000 will be a ‘Management System Standard’ for facilities management.

As a strategic tool and set of guidelines, the standard will set out an accredited structure and framework as well as formal organisational processes along with the need for key skills and competencies. The standard will provide appropriate guidance in a similar manner to the Quality, Occupational Safety and Health and Environmental Management System Standards that already exist.

Further countries have confirmed that involvement in developing the standard along with the existing 20 countries that are already participating members of the ISO TC 267 Facilities Management Committee. It is expected that the standard will take approximately three years to define and ratify.

British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) representative, Stan Mitchell, is also a chair of the British Standards Institute (BSI) FMW/1 facilities management committee and will chair the ISO TC 267 Committee which will oversee the development of the standard.

Mitchell commented:

“With its own Management System Standard, FM will finally emerge as the professional discipline it is. FM practitioners require a rare mix of specialist technical skills, rounded business understanding and general management expertise. We are now in a position to provide consistency for the profession internationally and to provide a framework for standards on a worldwide scale.”

BIFM CEO, Gareth Tancred, added:

“ISO 41000 is a significant step forward for the FM industry and will deepen its commitment to continuous assessment and improvement. The new standard will provide global consistency to the delivery of FM services and help to harmonise their specification and management. The economic and social benefits of this new standard will be considerable in terms of the raising of standards of our facilities and services globally, ensuring we reach even higher levels of efficiency.”

Separately, two technical standards for facilities management are in their final stages of development. ISO 18480-1 and ISO 18480-2 provide an international framework for facilities management terms and conditions, strategic sourcing and the development of supplier agreements between service providers and their customers.

Click here for more information, including a video interview with Stan Mitchell.