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IFMA Welcomes Third ISO Standard for FM
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HOUSTON, TEXAS -- The International Facility Management Association is joining facility management advocates around the world in celebrating the publication of a third International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard affecting the industry in under half a year.

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.

Now, ISO has published a third standard: ISO/TR 41013:2017, Facility management – Scope, key concepts and benefits.

IFMA has served as administrator on behalf of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) since 2012, playing a vital role in supporting the development of international FM standards. The benefit of global unification within the FM industry is a top priority for IFMA, which, thanks to its global footprint and the landmark IFMA-RICS collaboration launched in 2016, is uniquely positioned to support such a goal.

“A unified FM industry is a goal worth investing a lot of time and energy,” said Jay Drew, who was the co-convener of Working Group 1. “Not only do ISO standards make individual FM professionals and their organizations more effective and efficient, they can improve the outcomes for end users in terms of safety, security and productivity. This standard wouldn’t be possible without individuals and organizations working together around the world. Some of the leaders who helped make this happen include Jim Whittaker, who leads the effort for the U.S. ANSI TAG; Stan Mitchell, the ISO Technical Committee chair; and Paul Stadlöder and Olav Egil Sæbøe, who also served as working group conveners.”

The ISO Technical Committee 267 for Facility Management is continuing its work on the ISO 41000 series for FM and is currently developing a management systems standard with guidance notes. ISO standards are available online at www.iso.org.

IFMA is the world's largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting over 24,000 members in 104 countries. Together they manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than $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.

For more information, go to www.ifma.org.

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