Asset management — Management
systems — Guidelines for the
application of ISO 55001
This International Standard provides guidance for the application of a management system for asset management, referred to as an “asset management system”, in accordance with the requirements of ISO 55001.
This International Standard contains explanatory text necessary to clarify the requirements specified in ISO 55001 and provides examples to support implementation. It does not provide guidance for managing specific asset types.
This International Standard provides guidance for use by:
- those involved in the establishment, implementation, maintenance and improvement of an asset management system;
- those involved in delivering asset management activities and service providers.
The new ISO 55002:2018 is based on the actual journeys experienced by successful early adopters of ISO 55001 in over thirty countries for the last four years. It describes in detail how to implement an asset management system based on the requirements of ISO 55001. It was released in November 2018.
Key Features of ISO 55002:2018
ISO 55002 has been significantly expanded and now includes:
- Detailed guidance for every clause of the 55001 requirements document, including clarification of the contribution of each requirement to the four ’fundamentals’ of asset management: value, alignment, leadership and assurance;
- How to apply the requirements of ISO 55001 to the key domains of asset management: the asset portfolio, the asset management system and asset management itself;
- New guidance on seven cross cutting subjects that need to be considered as part of your asset management system.
Watch ISO experts of TC251 explain the benefits of the new ISO 55002:2018, and how it addresses the core concepts of asset management here.
Guidance on Cross-cutting Subjects
The new ISO 55002:2018 clarifies the term ’value’ used throughout the ISO 55000 series.
Understanding value is hugely important if you try to explain your organizations’ activities in relation to its strategic goals. Transparent decision making becomes much clearer and apparent if you have a thorough understanding of the value created by your assets, and know how risk mitigation actions protect and expenditures support that value.
The meaning of ‘value’ can be very different depending on the context and stakeholders of your organization, yet it is crucial to agree and define it accurately. ISO 55002 helps you to define all the possible concepts of value within your organization.
Scope of your Asset Management System (AMS)
A key question for many asset owners and service providers is “Does our AMS conform to ISO 55001?” Some might also want to know if they are eligible for certification. To answer this question, you need a well-defined scope for your AMS. ISO 55002 helps you define your scope with confidence.
The guidance deals with relevant factors such as: organizational design, roles & responsibilities, decision making, nature and criticality of assets, contractual relations in outsourcing, period of applicability and interrelationship with other management systems.
Strategic Asset Management Plans (SAMP)
The SAMP is a key component of a successful asset management system, but many asset managers find it challenging to write one. ISO 55002 explains the purpose of the SAMP and how asset management objectives are linked to asset management plans. Additionally, the guidance provides details on the specific topics and elements that should be included in a well written SAMP.
Asset Management Decision-making
The ability to make informed decisions quickly, rigorously and with the appropriate performance evaluation is the core of asset management. Decision-making criteria derived from your organization’s objectives and policies ensure that all decisions are consistent and transparent.
ISO 55002 explains how to develop a robust decision-making framework, including the process, criteria and governance aspects. It also highlights some of the best practices in decision-making, such as the use of scenarios, multiple options and the incorporation of lifecycle impacts.
Risk management is an essential part of asset management and has been given more emphasis.
The new ISO 55002:2018 outlines how to establish a risk management program that applies to assets, asset portfolios, asset management processes and asset management systems; this brings clarity to the integrated asset management program; and provides asset managers a better understanding of the relationship between asset management and risk management.
The interaction of financial and non-financial functions is crucial and an inescapable part of good asset management.
ISO 55002 provides an understanding of how your organization can establish alignment between people and departments as well as financial and non-financial activities that have different roles, responsibilities, functions and authorities but are all involved in the same underlying processes and activities.
For the achievement of a close collaboration between financial and non-financial functions, pay close attention to the accuracy and consistency of financial and non-financial data. ISO 55002 can help you to find an approach to managing information facilitating decision-making processes and providing assurance.
Scalability to Any Organization
ISO 55002 demonstrates that any organization can share the gains in efficiency and effectiveness from the adoption of an asset management system. The ISO 55000 series is mostly being used by global organizations, but can be used by medium and small-sized enterprises as well, whether public or private, and for all types of assets and operating environments. Any organization can benefit from the clear lines of control and direct communication resulting from an asset management system. These guidelines help find the right approach to scale the scope and requirements to your organization’s complexity, situation and asset portfolio.
See ISO 55002:2018.
Note that general information on asset management, and information on the terminology applicable to the ISO 55000 series of International Standards, is provided in ISO 55000.
Note that ISO 55001:2014 remains valid - the release of the new ISO 55002:2018 does not change the content or requirements of ISO 55001.