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BIFM to rebrand amid application for charter status

Members can voice their concern regarding the move and vote either in favour of, or against, at BIFM’s AGM on the 5 July, 2018

Experts discussed the lack of a dedicated charter association for the FM sector at the FM Expo 2017.
Experts discussed the lack of a dedicated charter association for the FM sector at the FM Expo 2017.

The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has announced that it will change its name to the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) and begin a process to become a chartered body.

BIFM marks its 25th anniversary this year, and the new name will also effect a “manifesto of change to embrace ‘workplace’ as a key differentiator for its members”, FM World reported.

Stephen Roots, chairperson BIFM, said the changes are set out to “re-position facilities management (FM) and emphasise its ability to make a real contribution to organisations’ performance”.

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Roots added: “This step [to change its name and become a chartered body] is not taken lightly or without thought. In making this move we are responding to the challenge to provide leadership in an industry which has not yet shown all it is capable of, and hence, has not yet achieved the status it deserves.

Members can voice their concerns regarding the move and vote either in favour of or against the decision at BIFM’s AGM on 5 July, 2018.

The institute intends to work with other organisations to develop the range of tools and qualifications that members will need to rise to this challenge.

Whether or not the new name is adopted, the institute is preparing to apply for chartered body status and eventually to explore the power to hold the register of workplace and FM professionals and to licence other bodies to grant individual chartered status.

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