National Standards of Practice and a National Code of Ethics for Interpreters in Health Care
This web page links to the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC) standards for medical interpreting professionals in the United States.
The National Standards of Practice for Interpreters in Health Care is a twenty-page document from September 2005. It describes best practices for health care interpreters to ensure consistent quality of performance in the accurate and complete transmission of messages between a patient and provider who do not speak the same language. It identifies the following standards of practice: accuracy, confidentiality, impartiality, respect, cultural awareness, role boundaries, professionalism, professional development, and advocacy.
The National Code of Ethics for Interpreters in Health Care is a 23-page document from July 2004. It provides the health care interpreting profession with a set of guiding principles expressing morally appropriate behaviors for its practitioners as they perform their day-to-day duties. It identifies three core values for the code of ethics: beneficence, fidelity, and respect for the importance of culture and cultural differences. It examines nine ethical principles to guide the practice of interpreters working in health care venues, and provides detailed commentary on each principle.
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The English language resource was created or reviewed by a medical professional for quality and accuracy.