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ISO impacts FM in a big way

ISO 41001, the fourth standard for facilities management (FM), was published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on 24 April 2018. This standard is a management system standard, and will help promote the international standing of FM as a professional discipline. 

The driving force behind ISO 41001 was the need for a standardised approach against which FM organisations can be assessed and measured. Nicholas Burt, CEO of the Facility Management Association of Australia (FMA) and Chair of the Australian mirror committee to ISO, believes this standard will "clearly demonstrate how investment in FM can deliver value for facility users".

Stan Mitchell, Chair of the ISO technical committee that developed the standard, said that ISO 41001 will help organisations by establishing a common approach and set of processes that can be used throughout the world.  "ISO 41001 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." 

FM is a complex industry that touches almost every organisation. It encompasses a broad range of activities, from building services to environmental issues and financial management. Despite being among the fastest-growing disciplines, FM is often not well understood or recognised.

Australia’s adoption of the first three ISO standards last year has been transformational for the industry. Neil Everitt, from the British Institute of Facilities Management, described the new set of standards as a golden opportunity for FM to “cement its importance in the economic and social success of nations and organisations”.

ISO 41001 will help further articulate exactly what FM is. It will also provide a common international framework, and create clear expectations for both FM buyers and providers.

The requirements specified in ISO 41001 apply to all organisations, both public and private, regardless of type, size or geographical location. FMA will be undertaking professional development training on the standard and its impact for FM professionals and organisations in the second half of the year.

For more information about ISO 41001 Facility management – Management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, click here.