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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 1,900 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 Website Users update #17

Registrants' privacy.....Languages in demand.....Online complaint form . . .
Published:4 December 2018
Topic: Website User Updates
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NRPSI Newsletter #72 November 2018

NRPSI on HMRC approved list.....MPS recruiting Amharic, Georgian and Yoruba.....DBS eligibility for NHS roles . . .
Published:22 November 2018
Topic: NRPSI Registrants' Newsletter
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Metropolitan Police recruiting Amharic, Georgian and Yoruba interpreters

Completed applications must be received by 30 November 2018 . . .
Published:8 November 2018
Topic: General News
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NRPSI Newsletter #71 October 2018

Charter status.....IAPTI conference.....CPD on working with the bereaved . . .
Published:18 October 2018
Topic: NRPSI Registrants' Newsletter
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Polish and Urdu top list for NRPSI registration: ITI Bulletin September-October 2018

News item in ITI Bulletin, September/October 2018 . . .
Published:21 September 2018
Topic: NRPSI News
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NRPSI Newsletter #70 September 2018

Seminars at London Language Show.....TOCAT conference.....Interpreter's Room log in . . .
Published:19 September 2018
Topic: NRPSI Registrants' Newsletter
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NRPSI Newsletter #69 August 2018

Rare languages needed.....Registrations commencing in November.....Memories from NRPSI's advent . . .
Published:30 August 2018
Topic: NRPSI Registrants' Newsletter
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