Facilities management encompasses a range of competencies such as operations and maintenance, project management, finance and environmental stewardship. But this fast-growing interdisciplinary profession lacks a global framework that outlines the scope of responsibilities and provides a common language for facilities management.
The International Organization for Standardization aims to provide that structure through the new management system standard ISO 41001, “Facilities management – Management systems – Requirements with guidance for use.”
ISO 41001 “will help to clarify the ‘what’ as well as the ‘why’ facilities management is a strategically important discipline to all organizations in the management, operation and maintenance of the workplace, its assets and operational efficiencies,” says Stanley Mitchell, chair of the technical committee developing the standard.
The future standard intends to accomplish several goals, including:
- Setting a benchmark against which facilities management teams can be assessed and measured
- Enabling language continuity across the entire discipline
- Providing emerging markets with a template to build their facilities management program
ISO also has finished work on two related standards: ISO 41011, “Facilities management – Vocabulary,” and ISO 41012, “Facilities management – Guidance on strategic sourcing and the development of agreements.”