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ISO 41001:2018 Facility Management Management Systems Standard

ISO 41001 is an international standard that describes the rules necessary for organizations to establish a facility management system. ISO 41001:2018, which is not a sector-based standard, can be applied by all public and private sector organizations. Regardless of its field of activity, size, organizational structure and location, every organization can implement the facility management system standard. ISO 41001 aims for organizations to take more responsibility in terms of sustainability in a global competitive environment. It also aims to ensure that companies consistently meet the needs and applicable requirements of interested parties in terms of facility management. Prepared in accordance with ISO´s other management systems, ISO 41001 consists of topics such as leadership, planning, support, operational performance evaluation and continuous improvement.

ISO 41001 Scope

Societies and organizations to have an efficient economy and to be more productive require direct or indirect interaction with the environment. While organizations and communities produce for economic welfare, they can also have positive or negative effects on the environment. ISO 41001 brings together different disciplines so that societies and organizations from different sectors create a consistent and transparent interaction of their economic activities with the environment. The management approach introduced by ISO 41001 has a direct impact on the health, quality of life and welfare of the world population.
Although it is so important, it is difficult to say that many organizations have reached facility management awareness today. For this, a systematic process based on international principles must be prepared. The ISO 41001 facility management management systems standard, published in 2018, filled a very important gap in this regard. The standard enables organizations from different sectors to establish a facility management system and helps to raise awareness on this issue. ISO 41001, which is the most basic standard on the facility management system, will become more effective with other supporting standards and guide documents to be published on this subject.

Today, as in every field, there is a competition among organizations in facility management. In this competitive environment, it is beneficial for each organization to communicate with each other in the light of international principles. ISO 41001 aims to increase the quality level of organizations in facility management activities and to create a corporate awareness in this context.

Implementing an integrated system standard such as ISO 41001 for facility management provides organizations with the following benefits:

* Improved service consistency
* Achievement of improved efficiency and effectiveness; thus improving cost advantages to organizations
* To provide a common platform for all types of organizational structures
* Increasing workforce productivity and safety
* Establishing an advanced communication network between organizations on facility standards, requirements and application methodologies

We can say that organizations that implement ISO 41001 quickly and easily meet the following requirements for facility management:

* Seeking certification and registration of the facility management system by an accredited third-party certification body
* Ensuring compliance with the specified management policy
* Verification of compliance with the standard by:
* To establish, implement, maintain and develop an integrated facility management system;
* Minimizing potential threats to the organization with an effective risk management
* Verifying the compliance of the facility management system through third-party organizations
* Communicating this verification of conformity to all stakeholders of the organization

Content of ISO 41001 Standard

We can summarize the main topics and content that make up the facility management system standard as follows:
* Context of the organization: Understanding and determining the appropriate facility management system
* Leadership: Understanding organizational roles, responsibilities, policies and authorities in facility management
* Planning: Understanding the risks, strategic objectives and current policies related to the management process
* Support: Identifying and planning resources such as financial resources, human resources and technological opportunities
* Operations: Providing integrated facility management services
* Performance evaluation: meet benchmarking standards, monitoring and target requirements
* Improvement: Reviewing benchmarked standards, identifying and implementing process improvement initiatives

Aşan Consulting, which supports organizations in the establishment, maintenance, implementation and certification of all management systems of ISO, also provides ISO 41001 consultancy services. Organizations that want to better understand and implement the content of the standard can contact Aşan Danışmanlık.