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Plans for new accreditation announced following publication of Hackitt review

23 May 2018

New training and certified accreditation is being planned by BIFM for FMs in charge of life safety in their facilities.

This was announced in response to the final report by Dame Judith Hackitt, entitled Building a Safer Future.

BIFM's intention is to provide FMs with access to high quality training and professional development, achieving certified levels of competency as a result.

The institute stated it is keen to work with other organisations representing the built environment, ensuring a joined-up response and recognising the report's call for continued collaboration to raise competency levels in all areas.

The BIFM Life Safety Working Group (LSWG) will play a leading role in developing a specific competency programme for FMs, supported by relevant CPD.

This follows its contribution to the Hackitt report, where it assisted in explaining how fire safety can be best achieved in buildings and thoughts on improving maintenance competency levels.

LSWG chair Rob Greenfield said: "Given the vital role that FMs can and do play in ensuring high standards of life safety in buildings, it's important to strengthen the competency of those involved.

"My experts group will lead work to develop a dedicated accreditation programme for a specific FM standard as a first step in ensuring that FM best practice plays a part in the response to Hackitt," he said.

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