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National Register of Public Service Interpreters

NRPSI is the UK’s independent voluntary regulator of professional interpreters specialising in public service. We maintain a public register of professional, qualified and accountable interpreters. The National Register is free of charge to access and searchable online.

The need for defendants in court to be able to understand the proceedings, using an interpreter if necessary, was identified in the landmark R v Iqbal Begum Court of Appeal ruling which stated:

‘It is beyond the understanding of this court that it did not occur to someone that the reason for her [the defendant's] silence....... was simply because she was not being spoken to in a language which she understood.’

As a result, the 1993 Runciman Royal Commission on Criminal Justice recommended that a national register of qualified interpreters should be established with the aim of ‘using only interpreters with proven competence and skills, who are governed by a nationally recognised code of conduct’. NRPSI was established in 1994.

Every interpreter on our Register has met the standards that we set for education, training and practice in public service. All Registrants are subject to the NRPSI Code of Professional Conduct and we investigate allegations of professional misconduct.

Even today, parts of the public services are unaware of the need to use qualified interpreters. From the Serious Case Review following the death of Daniel Pelka, aged 5, in September 2013:

‘Without proactive or consistent action by any professional to engage with him via an interpreter, then his lack of language and low confidence would likely have made it almost impossible for him to reveal the abuse he was suffering at home.’

Using the National Register to find an interpreter ensures that you not only employ a qualified professional practitioner but that the interpreter can be held accountable should their conduct or competence fall below the high standards expected of a Registered Public Service Interpreter (RPSI).

There are around 1,800 interpreters in 100 languages on the National Register covering the whole of the UK. It is a dynamic database, with Registrants' details constantly being updated and new Registrants added.

NRPSI News

Open letter to the Law Society Gazette on behalf of NRPSI Registrants

Following the recent Private Eye article NRPSI has today written to the Law Society Gazette and also to Private Eye. . . .
Published:11 June 2019
Topic: General News
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After 40 years of awarding contracts to the private sector, insourcing is now the way for local authorities to cut costs and improve quality . . .

78% of local authorities believe insourcing gives them more flexibility, two-thirds say it also saves money, and more than half say it has improved the quality of the service while simplifying how it is managed. . . .
Published:5 June 2019
Topic: General News
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Call for evidence by 13th June 2019: Use of interpreters in the asylum process: email the Chief Inspector: chiefinspector@icibi.gov.uk . . .

There is going to be an inspection of the asylum system in the latter part of 2019 and there is a call for evidence od the use of interpreters in the asylum process. . . .
Published:5 June 2019
Topic: General News
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Communication in Police Interviews

Fascinating CPD Event on 20th June 2019 . . .
Published:5 June 2019
Topic: CPD Events
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Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery on 3rd June 2019

Well-attended day . . .
Published:5 June 2019
Topic: General News
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NRPSI Newsletter #78 May 2019

Police Awards for Registrant.....CPD Opportunity Fast Selling Out.....New Executive Director for NRPSI . . .
Published:17 May 2019
Topic: NRPSI Registrants' Newsletter
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NRPSI Newsletter #77 April 2019

Professional indemnity insurance.....Modern slavery CPD.....DBSs dated 2014 alert . . .
Published:24 April 2019
Topic: NRPSI Registrants' Newsletter
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NRPSI Newsletter #76 March 2019

NRPSI Conference follow-up.....User survey infographic.....Registrants views on CPD . . .
Published:26 March 2019
Topic: NRPSI Registrants' Newsletter
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