ISO 41001:2018 Facility Management Management System Certification
Increasingly complex, the global facility management (FM) market will be worth USD 1 trillion by 2025 (according to a report by CBRE) – and that’s just that which is outsourced.
ISO 41001:2018 Facility management – Management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, has been published to help Facility management teams achieve optimum efficiency. Drawing on international best practice, the new management system standard constitutes a benchmark for developing and driving an effective strategic, tactical and operational FM regime.
It will also assist organizations seeking to outsource FM, as those providers who are able to demonstrate compliance with the standard will provide them with an assurance regarding their approach and processes.
ISO 41001:2018 is intended to be applicable to all organizations, or parts thereof, whether public or private sector, and regardless of the type, size and nature of the organization or geographical location.
Typically, organizations like property management service providers and hotels can benefit from this standard.
ISO 41001:2018 specifies the requirements for a facility management (FM) system when an organization:
a) needs to demonstrate effective and efficient delivery of FM that supports the objectives of the demand organization;
b) aims to consistently meet the needs of interested parties and applicable requirements;
c) aims to be sustainable in a globally-competitive environment.
Facilities management is a professional discipline that touches every organization, large and small. As such, it has a significant influence on how efficiently companies function in a number of areas.
In financial terms, facilities management constitutes the second-highest cost for any organization with few exceptions and can, where relevant, make a considerable contribution to the bottom line on an ongoing basis.
In efficiency terms, facilities management has responsibility for the management, operation and maintenance of business assets, thus influencing their life cost and usability.
In compliance terms, facilities management is responsible for the health, safety and building management ensuring the organization fulfils its obligations to those who use the workspace and are likely to be affected by its operations.
In environmental and sustainability terms, facilities management is responsible for operations in the workplace as well as the impact that its operations have on the local and overall environment.
ISO 41001 will enable the supply side of organizations to acquire certification as a market differentiator and help private- and public-sector organizations set the benchmarks they expect their supply partners to adhere to. This, ultimately, will be to the advantage of all parties.
Referenced source: ISO website.