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Interpreter's World Tour: An Environmental Scan of Standards of Practice for Interpreters

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This environmental scan was conducted for the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC) to support the development of national standards of practice for interpreters in health care.

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Standard Guide for Language Interpretation Services

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This guide identifies the components of quality language interpretation services and establishes criteria for each component. These criteria define the minimum standard of quality services in the language interpretation industry with reference to distinctive characteristics of specific settings. The needs analysis identifies a procedure for making an informed choice of interpretation services.

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National Standards of Practice for Interpreters in Health Care

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The NCIHC's National Standards of Practice are designed to help improve the quality and consistency of interpreting in health care. These new standards provide guidance as to what is expected of health care interpreters and what constitutes good practice.

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National Standard Guide for the Practice of Community Interpreters in Canada

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The first of its kind in Canada, this guide is designed to provide a framework on which to build the standards and competencies of spoken language interpreters who work in the social service, legal and health care sectors. This guide can be adopted for assessment, training, hiring, and performance monitoring.

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National Code of Ethics for Interpreters in Health Care

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In 2004 the NCIHC released a code of ethics to standardize the expectations that the health care industry and patients should have of interpreters. This document provides a guide to understanding the code of ethics that was developed.

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Medical Interpreting Standards of Practice

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These standards of practice developed by the IMIA were developed in 1996 and updated in 2007. This document outlines the role of an interpreter in a clinical setting and provides standards of practice on interpretation, cultural competency, and ethics. Additionally the document contains an evaluation tool.

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IMIA International Code of Ethics for Interpreter Educators

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This code of ethics was developed by the educators in partnership with the IMIA. Though it is designed specifically for interpreter educators, it can also be used for any kind of educator.

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IMIA Code of Ethics

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The IMIA developed this code of conduct in 1987 and revised them in 2006. The twelve tents listed on this webpage are the core of the code of ethics. These tenets are to be viewed holistically and as a guide to professional behavior. Organizations can use these tenets to hold employees to a standard of practice. The code is available in thirteen languages.

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Certification of Health Care Interpreters in the United States: A Primer, a Status Report and Considerations for National Certification

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This report provides an overview of certification issues for health care interpreters in the United States. The report provides an overview of the certification process, current certification programs, current initiatives to establish certification, and recommendations for developing a national certification process.

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California Standards for Healthcare Interpreters: Ethical Principles, Protocols, and Guidance on Roles & Intervention

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The goal of this document is to standardize healthcare interpreting practices across California by providing a set of ethical principles, interpreting protocols, and guidance on roles particular to the specialty of healthcare interpreting.

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