Date12 April 2017
Important news on ISO Facilities Management Standards
As 2017 progresses, the facilities management industry globally has a big reason to celebrate, because the ISO 267 Facility Management Committee has published its first two international standards:
With the involvement of more than 42 countries this is truly an international effort to ensure the industry has consistent framework from which to move forward.
The 41000 series of standards (as they are now officially known) is a suite of standards documents that will drive industry consistency globally. The publication of 41011 – Vocabulary, and 41012 – Guidance on strategic sourcing and the development of agreements, defines the industry and moves to deliver a consistent approach.
It can no longer be said that facilities management has no standard or consistency worldwide. For this $1 trillion worldwide industry, the standards mark the first step forward to recognising the profession, by a well-respected international body: International Standards Organisation (ISO).
FMA has been working with Standards Australia (as the Australian Member of ISO) to ensure that facilities management in Australia has been well represented. To date, the commitment has been three years of consistent work with members of the association, operating as technical advisors and facilitating representatives from across industry, including the Property Council, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Tertiary Education Facility Management Association (TEFMA), just to name a few. This is through the Australian Mirror Committee that is chaired by FMA on behalf of the industry.
As a follow up to the publication of the first two parts of the standard, FMA will be facilitating national roadshow to ensure the industry is fully across the published standard and the work which is continuing to continue to develop additional standard for the industry.
This is a big win for Facilities Managers everywhere in making sure we’re on the map. Great job and high appreciation to the 42 Countries involved in making this happen.