IFMA Celebrates Publication of Two New ISO Standards for FM
The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) joins facility management (FM) advocates around the world in celebrating the publication of two International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards impacting the industry.
ISO — an independent, non-governmental organization and developer of international voluntary consensus standards — published two standards in April 2017: ISO 41011:2017, Facility management – Vocabulary; and ISO 41012:2017, Facility management – Guidance on strategic sourcing and the development of agreements.
Recently, the increasing cost of fragmentation within the industry has underscored the need for a unified global FM community. IFMA, as the largest global FM body, has pursued the development and support of that effort through ISO standard-making and productive global partnerships like the landmark IFMA-RICS collaboration. Since 2012, IFMA has served as administrator on behalf of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG), playing a vital role in the development of global FM standards.
“The ability of FM practitioners to speak the same professional language around the world is the foundation of a robust global community that will be better situated to tackle the challenges of the future,” said Jim Whittaker, past chair of IFMA, who leads the effort for the U.S. ANSI TAG. “For an industry as diverse as FM, developing standards can be a daunting task, but the reward for success is worth the effort. On behalf of IFMA and the FM industry, I’d like to thank everyone who helped make these standards a reality, including Stan Mitchell for his vision and leadership as the ISO Technical Committee chair and Paul Stadlöder, Jay Drew and Olav Egil Sæbøe, who served as working group convenors.”
ISO standards are available online at www.iso.org. ISO expects to publish a third technical report — ISO 41013, Facility management – Scope, key concepts and benefits — later in 2017.
IFMA is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting over 24,000 members in 104 countries. This diverse membership participates in focused component groups equipped to address their unique situations by region (133 chapters), industry (14 councils) and areas of interest (six communities). Together they manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$526 billion in products and services. Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies professionals in facility management; conducts research; provides educational programs, content and resources; and produces World Workplace, the world’s largest series of facility management conferences and expositions. To join and follow IFMA’s social media outlets online, visit the association’s LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr pages. For more information, visit the IFMA press room or www.ifma.org.
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