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New standard for facility management published
16 May 2019
New international guidelines in facility management have been published to help the sector keep on top of the ever-changing trends in how and where people work.
ISO 41001, Facility management – Management systems – Requirements with guidance for use is designed to help FM teams achieve optimum efficiency.
Drawing on international best practice, the new management system standard constitutes a benchmark for developing and driving an effective strategic, tactical and operational FM regime, according to ISO (the International Organization for Standardisation).
It will also assist organisations seeking to outsource FM, as those providers who are able to demonstrate compliance with the standard will provide them with an assurance regarding their approach and processes.
Stanley Mitchell, chair of ISO/TC 267, Facility management, the ISO technical committee that developed the standard, said ISO 41001 will assist organisations in a number of ways by establishing a common approach and a set of processes that can be referred to around the world.
“Every company, big or small, has some element of facility management. It is a complex discipline that directly affects everyone, as it is all about the spaces that we occupy and how those spaces meet the needs of the people who use them on a daily basis.
“ISO 41001 is the first standard of its kind for facility management and has the potential to make a real difference to organisations by improving workforce health and safety, reducing their impact on the environment and making considerable cost savings and efficiencies.”
Duncan Waddell, chairman of Global FM, the alliance for facilities management (FM) associations worldwide, added: “Developing ISO Standards is a massive game changer for our industry. These standards represent a significant step forward in the standardisation of FM management professional practices internationally.”
The secretariat of ISO/TC 267 is held by BSI, ISO’s member for the UK.