Want a way to demonstrate that your FM management systems are effective? This new ISO standard may help

by Brianna Crandall — April 30, 2018 — The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) joins FM leaders around the world in celebrating the publication of a new management systems standard for the industry: ISO 41001, Facility Management — Management Systems — Requirements with Guidance for Use.

According to the site, ISO 41001:2018 specifies the requirements for an FM system when an organization:

  1. Needs to demonstrate effective and efficient delivery of FM that supports the objectives of the demand organization;
  2. Aims to consistently meet the needs of interested parties and applicable requirements;
  3. Aims to be sustainable in a globally competitive environment.

The requirements specified in the new international standard are non-sector specific and intended to be applicable to all organizations, or parts thereof, whether public or private sector, and regardless of the type, size and nature of the organization or geographical location.

Annex A provides additional guidance on the use of the new FM standard.

This latest publication joins an increasing library of global FM standards produced by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) — an independent, nongovernmental organization and developer of international voluntary consensus standards.

ISO published two FM standards in April 2017 (ISO 41011:2017, Facility Management — Vocabulary and ISO 41012:2017, Facility Management — Guidance on Strategic Sourcing and the Development of Agreements) and a third (ISO/TR 41013:2017, Facility Management — Scope, Key Concepts and Benefits) in July 2017.

For nearly 40 years, IFMA has worked with FM stakeholders around the world to develop and support global standards for the industry. Whether through leveraging a landmark collaboration with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or through earlier partnerships that gave rise to Global FM, IFMA has hailed industry standards as the key to unifying the practice of FM around the world.

IFMA has served as administrator on behalf of the American National Standards Institute U.S. Technical Advisory Group since 2012, playing a vital role in supporting the development of international FM standards.

ISO 41001, Facility Management — Management Systems — Requirements with Guidance for Use is available for purchase from the ISO website.