Information released by the International Organisation of Standardisation revealed the FM sector is soon to receive an international standard. The decision to progress the development was made on the 9th June 2015 and is a result of a poll of 163 member organisations.
The standards are designed to layout procedural and technical guidelines that members of an industry will uphold. The official Facilities Management standard will be the ISO 4100 which will act as the Management System Standard.
According The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM), the standard will act as a useful tool and framework for industry professionals at all stages in their career.
It is a win for the FM industry, with Stan Mitchell from BIFM and chair of the British Standards Institute stating “FM will finally emerge as the professional discipline it is. FM practitioners require a rare mix of specialist technical skills, rounded business understanding and general management expertise. We are now in a position to provide consistency for the profession internationally and to provide a framework for standards on a worldwide scale.” *
A major focal point of the document, when released, will be on assigning accredited procedures and frameworks.
Industry experts are also eager to see areas such as skills and capabilities addressed. When the framework is in place it will be a big step forward for the industry, encouraging global consistency and increase efficiency in the delivery of services.
There are 25 countries now listed as participating members of the ISO Facilities Management Committee who are working to create the standard. Industry professionals can expect to see the ISO 41000 in three years with the first meeting completed last week in Scotland.
* British Institute of Facilities Management, BIFM PRESS RELEASE: ISO 41000 to be new International Management System Standard for Facilities Management, June 2015.