ATC Certification, the UK-based language services industry expert ISO Certification Body, has launched an ISO 23155 certification scheme for conference interpreting.

ISO 23155:2022 is the newly published international standard specifying requirements and recommendations for the provision of conference interpreting services, including the competences and qualifications of conference interpreters, and requirements and best practice recommendations for conference interpreters and service providers.

ISO 23155 complements the series of previously published international standards for interpreting services – the general ISO 18841 on interpreting services, ISO 20228 on legal interpreting, and ISO 21998 on healthcare interpreting.

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Raisa McNab, CEO at the UK’s Association of Translation Companies, the founder of ATC Certification, comments on the emergence of international standards for interpreting:

What we are seeing in the interpreting space is an increasing awareness of these international standards for the provision of interpreting services in different verticals – specifically with public sector clients, some of whom have already included a certification requirement to their contract tender specifications.

One of ATC Certification’s core principles is to provide industry-expert certification services to emerging language services ISO standards. It’s crucial for us to be able to offer interpreting service providers a route into certification as soon as a new language services ISO standard is published. ISO 23155 is an important addition to the suite of international standards for interpreting, and a few months following its publication, there are already signs of interest in certification globally.

About ATC Certification

ATC Certification is a UK-based Certification Body specialising in ISO standards for the language services industry. Its portfolio of certification services includes ISO standards for translation and interpreting, quality management, information security, environmental management, and business continuity.

ATC Certification provides language services industry expert auditing and certification services to global clients, through flexible remote auditing solutions. Its 70 certification clients include leading language service companies across the world.

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