New International Standard for Facility management (FM) gets go ahead
A new ISO 41000 international standard for facilities management is to be developed -creating a new global management system for FM.
The news was announced following approval by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and it is expected to take around three years to develop and approve the new standard
As with existing ISO quality and environmental standards, ISO 41000 will provide a strategic tool and set of guidelines – setting out an accredited structure and framework, together with organisational processes. It will also tackle the need for key skills and competencies.
BIFM CEO Gareth Tancred said: “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.”
Twenty countries are participating members of the ISO TC 267 Facilities Management Committee that is developing the news standard, with five more countries confirming their involvement.
In addition, two separate technical standards for FM are in the closing stages of development. These are ISO 18480-1 and ISO 18480-2, which will provide an international framework for facilities management terms and conditions, strategic sourcing and the development of supplier agreements between service providers and their clients.
Further information: www.bifm.org.uk/bifm/knowledge/research/Standard