ISO Facilities Management Standard in Development

Facilities managers face a host of growing challenges in managing buildings and facilities. From improving a building’s operational efficiency to complying with an increasing raft of both environmental and ‘health and safety’ regulations, a facilities manager is responsible for several key aspects within a business.

As managers, they have a range of responsibilities, all of which are growing in importance and impact in making the business profitable and ethical in its operations. For example, environmental management is a growing responsibility of facilities managers across all industries and sectors.

The fastest growing profession

According to the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), facilities management is one of the fastest growing professions worldwide. The speed of growth can lead to wildly varying standards of operations and delivery, something witnessed previously in other professions. Keen to learn from this, ISO is developing a new management system standard.

The new ISO Facilities Management is one that covers all responsibilities that a manager could expect to face in their role (as well as some others too!). The standard is expected to be the driving force behind more effective facilities management across all industries and across the globe too.

The publication of ISO 41001 Facilities Management – Management Systems – Requirements with Guidance for Use is expected to be made widely available in 2018.

Being prepared currently are two other important documents and will make for interesting reading for those looking to acquire this new standard – Facilities management – Vocabulary, and ISO 41012 Facilities management – Guidance on strategic sourcing and the development of agreements.

The aim of ISO 41001 is quite clear; it is to take facilities management standardisation to the next level, developing a level playing field against which a facilities management organisation can be assessed and measured.


The new standard will also clarify the ‘what and why’ of facilities management, placing it firmly at the centre of strategic operations. Managing operations and maintenance of a workplace is essential for maintaining important assets and operational efficiencies, and is a growing importance for all businesses.

There are other ISO standards that are relevant to facility management, including ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems and the ISO 5001 Energy Management Systems standard. These standards deal with specific issues within facilities management but the new ISO Facilities Management standard is expected to look at an increasing range of diverse requirements within the role.

Facilities management can be the second highest overhead of an organisation, after the payroll, and so it pays to look after these physical and strategic assets. When facilities, buildings and so on are not managed well, it has an effect on virtually every part of the business.

Experts say that effective facilities management has an impact on an organisation at all levels, -strategic, tactical and operational. Many businesses, agencies and organisations will benefit from this new ISO Facilities Management standard, as they do with more generalised ISO certifications such as ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015.

How can we help you?

Click here to download our new eBook, which outlines the frequently asked questions regarding the ISO standards and will hopefully aid you in your understanding.

If you’re in need of assistance with any aspect of certification here at Synergos we’d be delighted to help. Whether you have questions about the path to certification or are looking for advice and support to maintain an existing standard call 01484 817 444 or Email and we’ll be happy to talk it over with you.

Published 10/10/2016

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Steve Kilburn
Steve Kilburn
I initially trained as an industrial chemist working in a variety of manufacturing environments eventually moving into quality management which grew to encompass environmental and occupational health and safety management systems. I hold a Masters Degree in Health and Safety law and Environmental Law and a Post Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Waste Management and I am a Graduate Level Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). In my spare time I enjoy reading, my favourite author is Stephen King, and listening to music, generally from the late 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
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