A New European Translation Services Standard

By Barbara McClintock, Certified Translator

The ISO has replaced European translation standard EN 15038:2006—the model for the Canadian translation standard—by ISO 17100:2015.

The new standard provides requirements for the core processes, resources and other aspects necessary for the delivery of a quality translation service that meets applicable specifications. Applicable specifications can include those of the client, of the translation service provider itself and of any relevant industry codes, best-practice guides, or legislation. The use of raw output from machine translation plus post-editing is outside its scope. The new standard, which is currently in force, is not applicable to interpreting services.

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