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Global call for FMs to contribute to new industry guidance

36_iStock_world_201212An RICS led working group, consisting of representatives from RICS, the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) and CoreNet Global’s UK Chapter, is calling on Facilities Management (FM) professionals worldwide to help shape a Strategic Facilities Management Guidance Note.

Once established, it is hoped the note will help drive professionalism and enable benchmarking across the sector by creating greater consistency in the delivery of FM services. The guidance forms a key part of RICS’ wider campaign to improve understanding and recognition from businesses for the performance efficiencies that strategic FM can deliver.

The call for global feedback follows RICS’ initial UK consultation last year and demonstrates a commitment to ensuring the final guidance directly represents the views and requirements of the entire FM sector.

The development of the note is being led by RICS’ Strategic Guidance Working Group, which includes representatives from both the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) and CoreNet Global’s UK Chapter. The FMA and CIBSE have also said they will contribute during the consultation, along with other international organisations.

Johnny Dunford, global commercial property director at RICS, said:

“There is an appetite from the property sector and RICS membership to have strategic guidance for facilities managers, which our note will seek to address. We have received a good level of response from the sector in the UK and look forward to hearing the views of global FM practitioners.”

Gareth Tancred, Chief Executive Officer, British Institute of Facilities Management, said:

“This guidance note will be an important resource for property professionals to access and utilise when undertaking facilities management activities, to ensure understanding and insight.”

Steve Probert, president of CoreNet Global’s UK Chapter, said:

“Developing this note is an important move for the industry, giving the strategic element of facilities management greater importance and helping to share best practice. We’re hoping that as many organisations as possible will contribute to the consultation.”

The Guidance Notes open for consultation is provisionally titled ‘Managing facilities to enhance organisational performance’.

To contribute to the consultation please follow the link and make comments directly on the documents.

The consultation closes on 8 July.

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