Moving towards global consistency in the FM arena — ISO publishes third FM standard since April

by Brianna Crandall — July 19, 2017 — The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) — an independent, non-governmental organization and developer of international voluntary consensus standards — recently published its third facilities management (FM) standard in under half a year.

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. Now, ISO has published a third FM standard: ISO/TR 41013:2017, Facility Management — Scope, Key Concepts and Benefits.

FM advocates around the world are celebrating the new FM standard, according to the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), which supports over 24,000 members in 104 countries. IFMA has served as administrator on behalf of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) since 2012, reportedly playing a vital role in supporting the development of international FM standards.

The benefit of global unification within the FM industry is a top priority for IFMA, which, thanks to its global footprint and the landmark IFMA-RICS collaboration launched in 2016, is uniquely positioned to support such a goal, says the group.

Jay Drew, who was the co-convenor of Working Group 1, stated:

A unified FM industry is a goal worth investing a lot of time and energy. Not only do ISO standards make individual FM professionals and their organizations more effective and efficient, but they can improve the outcomes for end users in terms of safety, security and productivity. This standard wouldn’t be possible without individuals and organizations working together around the world. Some of the leaders who helped make this happen include Jim Whittaker, who leads the effort for the U.S. ANSI TAG; Stan Mitchell, the ISO Technical Committee chair; and Paul Stadlöder and Olav Egil Sæbøe, who also served as working group convenors.

The ISO Technical Committee 267 for Facility Management is continuing its work on the ISO 41000 series of FM standards and is currently developing a management systems standard with guidance notes.

The new FM standard as well as the previous two are available for purchase on the ISO Web site, as is a preview of the new one. For practical guidance on the ISO management system process, read the six-part article series in IFMA’s FMJ magazine, beginning with “Setting the Stage for ISO 41001.”