Facilities management is a growing discipline worldwide about which there is a lack of knowledge and awareness. This should be corrected with the forthcoming publication of ISO 41011, Facilities management – Vocabulary, and ISO 41012, Facilities management – Guidance on strategic sourcing and the development of agreements. In addition, a new management system standard is under development.
ISO 41001, Facilities management – Management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, will support the development, implementation, and maintenance of effective facilities management regimens in all sectors of industry and commerce worldwide. ISO 41001 will allow the supply side of organizations to acquire certification as a market differentiator and help private- and public-sector organizations set benchmarks to which they expect supply partners to adhere. Facilities management has a significant influence on how well companies function in terms of finances, efficiency, compliance, and sustainability.
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.
The requirements specified in ISO 41001:2018 are non-sector specific and 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.
Annex A provides additional guidance on the use of this document.