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Stds of Practice

Standards of Practice for Healthcare Interpreters

ACCURACY The interpreter renders all messages accurately and completely, without adding, omitting, or substituting
ACCURACY The interpreter replicates the register, style, and tone of the speaker
ACCURACY The interpreter advises parties that everything said will be interpreted.
ACCURACY The interpreter manages the flow of communication
ACCURACY The interpreter corrects errors in interpretation
ACCURACY The interpreter maintains transparency
CONFIDENTIALITY The interpreter maintains confidentiality and does not disclose information outside the treating team, except with the patient's consent or if required by law
CONFIDENTIALITY The interpreter protects written patient information in his or her possession.
IMPARTIALITY The interpreter does not allow personal judgments or cultural values to influence objectivity
IMPARTIALITY The interpreter discloses potential conflicts of interest, withdrawing from assignments if necessary.
RESPECT The interpreter uses professional, culturally appropriate ways of showing respect
RESPECT The interpreter promotes direct communication among all parties in the encounter.
RESPECT The interpreter promotes patient autonomy.
CULTURAL AWARENESS The interpreter strives to understand the cultures associated with the languages he or she interprets, including biomedical culture
CULTURAL AWARENESS The interpreter alerts all parties to any significant cultural misunderstanding that arises.
ROLE BOUNDARIES The interpreter limits personal involvement with all parties during the interpreting assignment
ROLE BOUNDARIES The interpreter limits his or her professional activity to interpreting within an encounter.
ROLE BOUNDARIES The interpreter with an additional role adheres to all interpreting standards of practice while interpreting.
PROFESSIONALISM The interpreter is honest and ethical in all business practices
PROFESSIONALISM The interpreter is prepared for all assignments.
PROFESSIONALISM The interpreter discloses skill limitations with respect to particular assignments.
PROFESSIONALISM The interpreter avoids sight translation, especially of complex or critical documents, if he or she lacks sight translation skills.
PROFESSIONALISM The interpreter is accountable for professional performance.
PROFESSIONALISM The interpreter advocates for working conditions that support quality interpreting.
PROFESSIONALISM The interpreter shows respect for professionals with whom he or she works.
PROFESSIONALISM The interpreter acts in a manner befitting the dignity of the profession and appropriate to the setting.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT The interpreter continues to develop language and cultural knowledge and interpreting skills
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT The interpreter seeks feedback to improve his or her performance.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT The interpreter supports the professional development of fellow interpreters.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT The interpreter participates in organizations and activities that contribute to the development of the profession.
ADVOCACY The interpreter may speak out to protect an individual from serious harm
ADVOCACY The interpreter may advocate on behalf of a party or group to correct mistreatment or abuse.