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Assets are fundamental to your organisation.  Managing them in a controlled manner optimizes cost and risk, allows timely fact based decisions and delivers value in meeting your objectives.

Asset Management Benefits

Our Mission

  • Promote the benefits of Asset Management externally and internally
  • Receive feedback and advance the discipline of Asset Management
  • Align and develop new products to improve and expand the understanding of Asset Management

Who are we?

We are the ISO Technical Committee for Asset Management Systems responsible for the development of the ISO 55000 family of standards. These standards define good practices in Asset Management and requirements for a management system. The standards apply to all types of assets and to all organizations.

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What is Asset Management?

Asset management coordinates the financial, operational, maintenance, risk, and other asset-related activities of an organization to realize more value from its assets. This international standard suite focuses on managing physical and intangible assets.

What is ISO 55001?

ISO 55001 defines the requirements for a management system for asset management.

The ISO 55001 management system provides a framework to establish asset management policies, objectives, processes and governance, and facilitates an organization's achievement of its strategic goals. ISO 55001 utilizes a structured, effective, and efficient process that drives continual improvement and ongoing value creation by managing asset-related cost, performance and risk. ISO 55000 and ISO 55002 complement ISO 55001 by providing the overview, principles, and terminology (ISO 55000) and guidance for its application (ISO 55002).

This standard focuses on the need for a management system, and thus does not specify financial, accounting, or technical requirements for managing specific asset types.

Why is ISO 55001 important?

Compliance with the ISO 55001 standard can support organizations that are striving for a culture of proactive, continual improvement, and can drive an organization's effectiveness and efficiency in the realization of increased value from its assets. It reflects the latest thinking and best practices in asset management.

Developing and implementing an asset management framework based on the ISO 55001 standard demonstrates to internal and external stakeholders (e.g. regulators, customers, insurers) that the organization manages its performance, risks, and costs in a very effective and efficient manner.

Recognized globally, the ISO 55001 management standard offers organizations a common language and a trustworthy decision making framework enabling consistency in asset management practices. It aligns with other ISO management standards such as ISO 9001ISO 14001 and ISO 31000, and can contribute to an organization's development of a coherent set of management practices across all facets of its operation.

Key benefits of adopting ISO 55001

  • Performance improvements: Effective and efficient management of short and long term opportunities improves sustainability, allowing the organization to consistently meet or exceed the performance and social responsibility expectations of stakeholders.
  • Cost improvements: An asset management system facilitates improved return on investment and cost reduction metrics without sacrificing short or long term organizational performance. Additionally, it improves the asset value to advance the bottom line.
  • Management of risk: The ongoing review of processes, procedures, and asset performance enables informed management decisions that balance cost, risk, and performance data to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Assurance of business growth and improvement: A robust asset management system aids improvements with formal, collaborative, prioritized, and coordinated implementation plans that enable the entire organization to communicate and understand the goals and commitments.
  • Reliable decision making: Implementing an asset management system drives reliable decision making for the development, coordination, and control of asset related activities. It also aligns these activities with core organizational objectives.
  • Enhanced stakeholder confidence through compliance and improved reputation: Using the ISO 55001 standard, based on the guidance of ISO 55002, supports a clear policy and strategy that maintain and continuously improves the asset management system and demonstrates alignment with other management systems.

Follow this link for case studies highlighting the benefits of adopting ISO 55001.

Is ISO 55001 for me?

All asset-intensive organizations, public or private, with either tangible or intangible assets, can benefit from the use of ISO 55001. In particular, organizations aiming to improve the value of their assets, or organizations managing assets owned by a client, can leverage an asset management system that complies with International Standards. Examples of such organizations include:

  • Infrastructure and industrial sectors (energy - production, transmission and distribution, water and wastewater services, telecommunications, railways, urban transit...)
  • Infrastructure-oriented "public services" (airports, hospitals, roads…)
  • All economic sectors where production or services are regulated by government agencies
  • Capital-intensive industries and high value-added companies (mining, petrochemical, manufacturing…)
  • Real estate sector (residential, commercial, cultural...)
  • Service organizations (software, consulting, professional services…)

Who needs to be involved?

Asset management is everyone’s business and encompasses design and development, contract management, procurement, supply chain, operations, maintenance, marketing, public relations, customer services, human resources, risk, document and data control, health, safety and environmental, legal, finance, intellectual property, and more. An asset management system develops a collaborative and engaging relationship between these disciplines.

Auditing to ISO 55001

Do you need advice about auditing to ISO 55001?

A key standard you should refer to is ISO 19011:2011 Guidelines for auditing management systems. Also note that ISO 17021-5 Conformity assessment -- Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems  highlights the competence requirements for auditing and certification of asset management systems.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Good asset management is a key enabler for organizations seeking to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations' Sustainable  Development Goals (SDG).  This new article illustrates how asset management contributes directly to seven of the SDG. You will find it here.

Asset Management Tidbits #11

Context: When establishing or reviewing its asset management system, an organization should take into account its internal and external contexts. The external context includes the social, cultural, economic and physical environments, as well as regulatory, financial and other constraints. The internal context includes organizational culture and environment, as well as the mission, vision and values of the organization. Stakeholder inputs, concerns and expectations are also part of the context of the organization.

Find out more about ISO 55001

We strive to expand the large body of knowledge that already exists related to Asset Management. Please click here for more information.

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ISO 55000:2014
Asset management – Overview, principles and terminology

ISO 55001:2014
Asset management – Management Systems – Requirements

ISO 55002:2014
Guidelines for the application of ISO 55001.
A new release of ISO 55002 will be available in December 2018.

These standards are currently available in English, French, Chinese, Dutch, Farsi, Finnish, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish and Swedish.

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Who develops ISO standards?

Who is developing ISO 55001?

TC 251 Member Countries

An international cross-sector expert technical committee called ISO/TC 251 created the current standards and works today to continue improvements for the future. Delegations from more than 29 national standardization bodies contributed to the standards and many stakeholders from various asset management institutes, councils, and associations continue to participate today. 

What is TC 251 working on?

Asset Management is a fast evolving discipline and TC 251 is collecting feedback, improving and expanding the ISO 5500x series of standards. Find out more here.

Become a member of TC 251

All experts in asset management are welcome to join our group to share their experience and help shape future standards. Contact your national standard body who will guide you through the process.