What is Facility Management (FM)?

Facility management has been defined as an "organizational function which integrates people, place and process within the built environment with the purpose of improving the quality of life of people and the productivity of the core business." [Source ISO 41011]

FM is a strategic, professional discipline that provides optimum performance of support services to any and all types and sizes of organizations that it serves. The impact of a properly implemented strategic FM program goes beyond operations and maintenance. It can influence employee engagement and retention, support the demand organization's mission-critical assets, and minimize organizational risks.

FM standards provide specific guidance for individual teams and organizations to demonstrate a commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a robust, systems approach to managing the support services needs and working environment of the demand organization. It is incumbent on facility managers worldwide to utilize the ISO 41000 family of standards in their organizations and promote a common language and approach for FM strategy and practices. 

Who we are:

We are representatives drawn from 45 countries who have been actively progressing the international FM standards initiative since 2012. We have produced multiple documents within the ISO 41000 series focused on being the foremost contributor to a more productive workplace and sustainable environment and while achieving an improved quality of life for all. 

TC 267
ISO TC 267, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 2017

Spotlight:

Stan Mitchell, Chair to ISO/TC 267, has said, "FM practitioners require a rare mix of specialist technical skills, rounded business understanding, and general management expertise. We are now in a position to provide consistency for the profession internationally and to provide a framework for standards on a worldwide scale."

Read his interview with CIFMers to learn about the impact of the current work of the ISO technical committee for Facility Management, ISO/TC 267. 

For more from Stan Mitchell, listen to the FM Innovators podcast here.

Upcoming FM events:

Find upcoming FM events near you at Global FM.

Published Standards:

ISO 41011:2017 Facility management – Vocabulary

ISO 41012:2017 Facility Management – Guidance on strategic sourcing and the development of agreements

ISO/TR 41013:2017 Facility management – Scope, key concepts and benefits

ISO 41001:2018 Facility management – Management systems – Requirements with guidance for use

Under development:

ISO/IEC 17021-11 Competence requirements certification of Facility MS

 

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