National Code of Ethics for Interpreters in Health Care

Organization: 
The National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC)
Published Date: 
2004

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. The document places the code in the context of ethical behavior in general and then discusses each principle in the context of specific issues and dilemmas often faced by health care interpreters. It provides an elaboration and discussion of each principle and the interrelationships among them, acknowledging that controversies still exist while offering the working interpreter a way to think about these controversies.

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