Translator's Code of Conduct

Translators must:

  • Act with integrity and maintain high standards at all times.
  • Be of good character, which may preclude those with certain criminal records.
  • Observe confidentiality in relation to every individual assignment (this duty extends beyond the completion of the individual assignment), unless otherwise required by law.
  • Not seek to take advantage of any information disclosed during an assignment. 
  • Comply with current Data Protection legislation.
  • Not use any information obtained in the course of an assignment for any purpose other than as authorised.
  • Keep safe any document provided and ensure that it is not copied and is returned at the end of the assignment. 
  • Act impartially and not discriminate between parties (to their advantage or disadvantage).
  • Not give advice, legal or otherwise, to the person for whom they are interpreting or within a document.
  • Disclose any conflicts of interest or potential conflicts of interest in relation to each individual assignment.
  • Disclose any previous involvement with a case.
  • Disclose any relationship with any parties involved in the assignment or their family.
  • Disclose any information, including any criminal record, which may make them unsuitable for any particular assignment.
  • Undertake assignments only for which they are competent (both linguistically and in terms of specialist knowledge or skills).
  • Disclose professional limitations in relation to each individual assignment.
  • Always translate to the best of their ability.
  • Decline any reward other than agreed fees and expenses.
  • Seek to increase their knowledge and skills