BSI formulates inaugural global certification scheme for facilities management

BSI, the business improvement company, has introduced a certification scheme and supporting training courses to help organisations develop, implement and maintain effective facilities management across all operations.  

The global facility management market was valued at USD $31.96 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach a market value of USD $64.5 billion by 2023. In order to support this growth, it’s vital that organisations can apply an integrated and consistent approach to facilities management regardless of the site, location or country.

This new scheme, which is part of BSI’s wider Built Environment offer, is based on the international standard ISO 41001 Facility Management – Management Systems – Requirements. To achieve certification to the standard, organisations must undergo an independent assessment including a rigorous on-site audit covering all the requirements of ISO 41001.

ISO 41001 recognises the value facilities management delivers as part of an organisation’s strategic direction. It provides guidance to organisations on how to manage the life cost and usability of assets, services and obligations to workspace users and control the environmental impacts of operations.

Ahmad Alkhatib, assurance business development director at BSI, commented: “As organisations focus on delivering a sustainable workplace that responds to evolving technologies and user needs, so facilities management has an important role to play. This certification scheme helps organisations to recognise the scope of their responsibilities and create a management structure with appropriate resources to fulfil the needs of stakeholders.”

Alkhatib added: “We’re delighted to be offering these services globally to help organisations ensure effective operations, minimise unnecessary cost and deliver tangible value. Most importantly, it will help facility management businesses to build organisational resilience and business success.”

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