RICS to release Code of Practice for FM
RICS, a global organisation that qualifies and regulates professionals across the built environment, will release its Code of Practice on the ‘Procurement of Facility Management’ for the global facilities management (FM) industry.
RICS plans to release the Code of Practice late 2019, early 2020 after the completion of consultation phase which concludes mid-September 2019, an RICS statement said.
The Code of Practice provides an addition to the suite of standards and guidance produced through its collaboration with IFMA that includes the Strategic FM Framework.
Stephen Morris, RICS Global Head of Facilities Management, said, “With the procurement-specific Code of Practice, our aim is to deliver standards and guidance that are acceptable for both members and non-members not only in the UK, but across the world.”
He added, “With so many facility management associations around the world, the industry is suffering from increasing fragmentation. If we could get all these organisations working off one set of standards, then we gain better integration and ultimately drive forward the sector.”
Committed to providing a common approach across the FM industry, Morris also ensured that the upcoming Code of Practice uses common FM language to ensure that “it complements, rather than conflicts with other standards such as ISO terminology for FM.”
He recommended that the code should be used in conjunction with the Strategic FM Framework, which is an RICS guidance document.
Morris reveals that the final document will include key principles in the procurement of FM, guidance on decisions to be made before going to market, support on procurement strategy such as route to market and submission requirements, as well as post procurement essentials such as contract management.
As defined by RICS, procurement is the process of finding and agreeing to terms, and acquiring services from an external source. The client, therefore, may be working outside of their comfort zone, making it even more important for FM providers to set standards that adhere to accountability, consistency and transparency.
Morris concluded, “Do not underestimate the importance of developing a good relationship between client and supplier as it may be critical to achieving strategic and operational objectives.”
Morris will speak more on professional standards and qualification during his panel appearance at FM Expo 2019 on September 18.