The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has described ISO 41001 as a common language for facilities management. In this article, Alan Field discusses some of the implications of this new standard and how it might be used to competitive advantage.


Until now, there has never been an international standard that is specifically for the facilities management sector, explaining what it is and what it can achieve in the wider world.

This has now changed. Last year, the publication of the ISO 41001 family of standards was started. These are:

  • ISO 41011:2017 Facility Management — Vocabulary

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