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New UK IFMA chapter petition approved

30 April 2018

Following the approval for a petition for a new UK chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), the association says this will offer access to support not currently available in the area.

It will join 136 IFMA chapters established in more than 100 countries and follows the association's recent collaboration with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The appointment of a board of directors was also confirmed, consisting of IFMA members, with a programme for the UK chapter announced as being "in development".

Its stated aim is to unify the profession "by driving formation of consistent practice standards via the International Organisation for Standardisation", the statement read, while aiming to establish high levels of FM integration within the built environment sector.

A statement was also included from petitioners, which read: "It is strategically important that the IFMA be a leader in the FM conversation in the UK.

"A vital aspect of this is to utilise people in the field who work daily in this industry. The chapter will provide a voice and a mechanism to pool and channel that talent, especially at a senior level.

"The chapter will also act as a community for people to grow their career and gain skills and knowledge [through] resources IFMA provides."

Comment was also published from RICS senior vice president Kath Fontana who stated that the IFMA/RICS alliance "is strategically important for the advancement of the global FM profession and for the development of a more sustainable and people-focused built environment".

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