ISO 20771 is the internationally recognised standard for legal translation services, providing the responsibilities and requirements for operating a quality legal translation service by individual legal translators.

ATC Certification’s new ISO 20771 Collaborative Certification process enables language service companies to work with in-house or freelance legal translators to jointly fulfil the requirements of the standard.

Temple Translations: First UK Collaborative Certification

Temple Translations is a UK-based language service company specialising in legal and financial translation.

Already certified by ATC Certification to ISO standards 9001 for Quality Management and ISO 17100 for Translation Services, Temple Translations was immediately interested in the new collaborative certification model.

Temple Translations’ Business Director Jack Norgate explains,

Temple Translations has always been dedicated to providing our clients with the highest quality of service. As the first agency in the UK to achieve this collaborative certification, our acquisition of ISO 20771: Legal Translation demonstrates our continuing commitment to our clients and to being at the forefront of the legal translation sector.

ISO 20771 certification will help demonstrate to our clients and our linguists that we are experts at what we do. It will help us to continue to attract and work with the best legal translators in the industry, and as a result to ensure we provide the best possible translations to our clients.

The translators now certified to ISO 20771 are Temple Translations’ in-house translators Alice Kinnane, Rachel Thomas and Elizabeth O’Loughlin.

Collaborative ISO 20771 Certification Process

The contract for certification is made between ATC Certification and the language service company, who is responsible for the auditing and certification fees.

ATC Certification certifies the language service company’s individual legal translators, either in-house or freelance, who following successful certification hold an individual ISO 20771 certificate. The scope of the certificate is however limited to work carried out for the named language service company.

The language service company contractually agrees who carries what responsibilities for compliance with the standard, with the translators to be certified.

Read more about ISO 20771 and ATC Certification’s Collaborative Certification process in our blog.