A few intense years passed since July 2011, when the ISO Facility Management Committee was established and we started working on the standardization process to produce the first international norms in Facility Management. We started with upgrading the first two European FM Standards, raising them to ISO level. We then set our sights on achieving on the establishment of a Management System Standard, something that would offer the potential for FM to gain international recognition as a strategic professional discipline. This will provide the FM market with several benefits including that an FM organization, inhouse or outsourced, can demonstrate their competence as a True Facility Management organization and be accredited accordingly via a certification body. It also enable corporate and public sector procurement organization to now stipulate their requirements for FM to be with those service provider organizations who comply with the standard ISO 41001 Facility Management. This is similar to what happens with other standards like in quality (ISO 9001), environment (ISO 14001) or energy (ISO 50001).
Although three of them were published at the end of last year, like ISO 41011 “vocabulary”, ISO 41012 “Guidance on strategic sourcing and the development of agreements” and the technical report ISO 41013 “Scope, key concepts and benefits”, the MMS 41001 has just been approved on 2 March. Next step is the official publication.
Taking part of the communication special group, from CIFMERS GLOBAL we will keep you informed about news and progress related to the new ISO Facility Management standards.
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Author: David Martínez, PhD. Strategic consultant, coach, researcher and international speaker. Renowned Facility and Asset Management expert. Specialized in multicultural property management models and productivity applied to workplace.