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I was interested to read about AIIC's professional standards for conference interpreters.

I was wondering: are all those rules really applied in practice?

asked 16 Oct '11, 19:24

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edited 21 Oct '11, 23:22

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Vincent Buck

If you read AIIC's professional standards carefully there really aren't that many binding rules.

  • When you are freelancing for an organisation that has an agreement with AIIC ( EU, UN, etc ) you are bound by the terms of that agreement, whether you are an AIIC member or not. All applicable AIIC standards are incorporated in the agreement.

  • When you operate on the private market, especially if you're responsible for putting a team together, you must make sure that you observe team strength requirements. Such requirements exist both to protect the health of interpreters and ensure a quality baseline. You must also make sure that any SI equipment is up to standard.

  • The rest, first and foremost monetary conditions, is entirely up to you. If you're recruiting a team for a client, make sure that all conditions are clearly spelled out in a contract, and communicated clearly to all interpreters.

  • It is every interpreter's responsibility to check that all terms of employment are clear and acceptable.

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answered 24 Oct '11, 14:31

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Vincent Buck

Of course they are! Sometimes it takes a bit of negotiating though...

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answered 23 Oct '11, 16:22

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