Interpreters working in different fields have slightly different ethical rules to follow. In general, however, the following ethical guidelines apply:
- Confidentiality – all information gained in the course of interpreting is strictly confidential and should not be divulged.
- Accuracy & completeness – interpreters should not omit or add anything.
- Impartiality – Interpreters must be unbiased and impartial
- Conflict of Interest – Disclose any real or perceived conflict.
- Disqualifications & Impediments – Convey any concerns regarding ability or conditions to complete an assignment
- Accreditation – interpreters should seek accreditation in their field of work, and truly state their qualifications
- Professionalism – maintain professional demeanor and high standards of conduct at all times.
- Professional development – continually improve skills and knowledge through professional training, education and interaction with colleagues and specialists in the field of work
Legal / Judicial: Follow the link at the bottom left to see the canons that govern interpreter behavior in the Colorado Courts.
Medical: Follow the link at the bottom right of this page to read the standards that govern interpreter behavior in the medical arena.