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FM Procurement Standards Updated

Ant Burd, Head of Built Environment at BSI

The British standard for procurement of facilities services has been revised.

BSI has published BS8572:2018 Procurement of facility related services. Code of practice. BS 8572 was developed to establish a common, standardised approach to the way facilities services are managed and specified.

The revised standard includes guidance to improve transparency in operating competitive tendering and how to thoroughly evaluate tendering proposals. Guidance is also provided on benchmarking performance and cost, enabling inefficiencies and waste to be highlighted and mitigated. Where multiple facilities or locations are involved, application of BS 8572 across all facilities can bring additional benefits from a more consistent, streamlined approach to procurement.

BS 8572 covers both new and existing facilities. The principle changes in this revised document over its predecessor are:

  • New provisions relating to a procurer’s target operating model and integrator model.

  • Incorporation of recommendations on the management of the direct cost of a service.

  • Recommendations on managing innovation and transformation in service delivery.

  • Conversion from a guidance document to a code of practice; and )General updating to align with, and cross-reference, recently published standards in facilities management.

Ant Burd, Head of Built Environment at BSI, said: “Outsourcing the procurement of such important services, however, extends beyond simply purchasing and supplying. Facilities procurement represents a major and integral part of an organisation’s facilities management – and because of this it must be carried out in a way that is consistent, thorough, and ensures the best value for money.”

The standard recommends the procurement of facility services should be covered by a designated role.

The following organizations were involved in the development of this standard as members of the steering group: CIOB; RIBA; RICS; CIBSE; BIFM; IFMA; and CoreNet. Combined membership of these bodies in the UK exceeds 250,000.

Picture: Ant Burd, Head of Built Environment at BSI

 

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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