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Introduction of FM ISO standard announced

25 April 2018

Designed to standardise FM practices around the world, the International Standards Organisation (ISO) has announced the launch of ISO 41001.

Reasoning behind the launch of the new standard include the changing nature of the workplace and employee experience, combined with the expected growth of the global FM sector.

The value of just the outsourced FM sector is expected to reach $1 trillion by 2025, with increasing complexity another factor in the drive to standardise best practice.

Benefits of this include protecting the health and well-being of everyone that comes into contact with each organisation.

Publication of ISO 41001 is intended assist FMs "achieve optimum efficiency" through provision of a benchmark for creation of strategic, tactical and operational FM regimes.

Assistance is also provided for those seeking to outsource services, with providers complying with the standard providing reassurance through use of accepted processes.

Chair of ISO/TC267, Facility management technical committee Stanley Mitchell said the new standard will assist organisations in a number of ways.

"Every company, big or small, has some element of FM," he said.

"It is a complex discipline that directly affects everyone, as it is about the spaces we occupy and how those spaces meet the needs of the people who use them on a daily basis."

Mr Mitchell said ISO 41001 is the first of its kind for FM and has the potential to improve workforce health and safety, reduce environmental impact and make "considerable savings and efficiencies".

Further information is available from the British Standards Institute.

Publication of the new standard follows two previous introductions for the FM sector announced last year.

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