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  • International Workplace
  • 24 October 2017
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IFMA and RICS Strategic FM Framework consultation opens

The International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), together with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), have announced that the public consultation of their Strategic FM Framework guidance is now open, and invite comments on the document.

Drafted by IFMA Fellow, Dave Wilson, this guidance brings together ideas and experience from a range of sources and is intended to provide best practice guidance that is consistent with the existing ISO Standards for FM, which are:

  • ISO41001 - Facility management - Management systems - Requirements with guidance for use;
  • ISO41011 - Facility management - Vocabulary; and
  • ISO41012 - Facility management - Guidance on strategic sourcing and the development of agreements.

The authors comment that their collaboration aims to promote a deep understanding of the FM sector to ensure all practitioners and their clients benefit from consistent, world-leading professional standards and guidance. The collaboration will focus on training and equipping FM professionals with the knowledge and tools they need to deliver and use those standards.

“This is a major advancement for a profession which is increasingly seen as crucial to any business's corporate strategy,” the foreword states. It will improve consistency and transparency in the property information available and enhance the work of FM professionals by:

  • increasing consistency and transparency of practice across the global FM community;
  • integrating FM strategies throughout all stages of the building life cycle; and
  • promoting recognition of FM as an aspirational career choice.

Consistent with the definitions in ISO 41000 Standards for FM, this document uses the term ‘facility management’ to describe the “organisational function which integrates people, place and process within the built environment, with the purpose of improving the quality of life of people and the productivity of the core business”.

FM activities are broken down into four areas:

  1. Strategic planning.
  2. Implementation.
  3. Development.
  4. Projects.

IFMA and RICS state that, while this guidance does not present a 'Plan, Do, Check, Act' structure in the way that ISO standards do, it is based on an iterative approach to show how planning and implementation are inextricably linked. It also uses the vocabulary and definitions set out in ISO 41011 as being the globally applicable standard.

Finally, they say, this guidance applies whether the reader is a user, buyer, internal or external provider, or an auditor of FM services. It is neutral as to the most appropriate means by which FM services are provided or procured because these depend on the demand organisation, service requirements, risk profile, supply chain maturity, culture, regulation, and economic impacts.

The consultation is open to comments until 10 November and can be accessed here.