Aspects to consider about ISO 55000
What standards should I really apply?
Many organisations already meet various standards such as ISO 14001, ISO 18001 and ISO 9001. So, the question often arises: which standard is most relevant to my organisation and how do I deal with it? A starting point may be to look at the primary processes of your assets, what services they deliver and the size of the assets. We see that organisations with capital-intensive assets are more likely to opt for ISO 55001 than to keep ISO 9001 in place. The high-level structure of the ISO standards is uniform which enables companies to quite easily achieve the requirements of multiple standards.
Service management and certification
ISO 55001 provides a good structure for setting standards and service level agreements when outsourcing asset management to service providers. Asset management is increasingly about delivering sustainable results that ensure companies deliver on their stakeholder promises. This requires controllable work which can be managed and assessed against ISO 55000 requirements. Adherence to the standard also keeps both the asset owner and service provider responsible for their share and contribution to the success of asset management.
Culture and leadership within ISO 55000
One component of ISO 55000 is ‘culture and leadership’. Organisations are increasingly realising that ‘the people’ make a difference and that introducing an ISO system encourages a certain behaviour, and this behaviour is precisely what is necessary to conduct good asset management.
Trusting is good but checking is better
The adage “trust but verify” also applies to a certified company: you can trust that the company meets a high standard and know that this is independently verified. Certification gives stakeholders a verifiable quality that stakeholders do not have to test themselves.