If you have been following our blog you know that In Every Language attended the ASTM standards meeting at the Association of Language Companies conference in Boston last week. Progress on the umbrella standard for language service companies (LSCs), F43-05, is good. The standard is set to become a “practice” meaning that, unlike a standard guide, this standard will be one against which LSCs can certify. Hopefully, it will only be a matter of months until the practice goes to ballot, where it requires a 90% approval to pass.
How does this information bring our clients value? As you may have read in our last post about ASTM, this certification will elevate the industry and ensure the highest possible bar is set with regards to quality assurance, technological advances, customer service, and many more aspects of language service projects and products. The fact that the standard practice must be voted into place with a near full consensus means that those most knowledgeable about the inner workings of our industry, LSCs, translators and language service clients alike, will be working together to ensure that the standards maintain our highest priority: bringing value to and meeting the needs of clients who buy translation and interpreting–like you.
Along with LSCs, the voices of our clients and end users of translation and interpretation are, of course, highly valued in this process. If you wish to participate in the drafting of these standards, feel free to sign up here.