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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

NRPSI appoints new non-executive chair and new non-executive practitioner board members; click here for more

Folloing exhaustive interviewing, NRPSI has appointed two new board members . . .
Published:17 May 2022
Topic: General News
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Click here for the latest update on CPD opportunities from ISL

Worth reviewing what is on offer from ISL for your CPD needs . . .
Published:6 May 2022
Topic: CPD Events
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Read about the Association of Police and Court Interpreters’ 50th Anniversary Legacy Project by clicking here

The APCI is a professional body which has been representing the interests of Public Service Interpreters in the UK for fifty years . . .
Published:26 April 2022
Topic: General News
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Click here for the latest CPD opportunities from ISL

Much to explore from ISL . . .
Published:31 March 2022
Topic: CPD Events
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Click here to see the UK Ukraine Language Support Task Force's model document translations from Ukrainian into English for key Ukrainian official . . .

Birth Certificate (in two versions: late Soviet-era and more recent), Marriage Certificate and Divorce Certificate . . .
Published:17 March 2022
Topic: General News
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The Ukraine Family Scheme Visa is open for applications for family members of Ukrainians settled in the UK; click here for feree of charge models . . .

Applicants must have evidence of their UK-based family link: a copy of an official document that confirms the relationship with their UK-based family member. This can be a marriage or a birth certificate, for example . . .
Published:17 March 2022
Topic: General News
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For the latest from UK based language organisations about the Ukraine humanitarian disaster brought about by the war please click here . . .

In the UK, Charity Translators has collated Links for Ukraine, listing initiatives and resources to support those affected by the war in Ukraine. If you are wondering how you can help, start here: https://www.charitytranslators.org/LinksforUkraine . . .
Published:10 March 2022
Topic: General News
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MoJ's New Draft Guideline from the MoJ for Off-Contract Invoicing

Following a number of issues raised by Registrants regarding timely payments for off-contract engagements, the MoJ has developed the following draft of guidelines . . .
Published:4 March 2022
Topic: General News
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As Ted Sangster approaches the time when he will be handing over the chairmanship of NRPSI, he has reflected on his 11 years’ service. Click . . .

“The professionalism, commitment to standards and strongly held opinions based on what is fair and right is our driving force and determines what we do and how we do it." . . .
Published:4 March 2022
Topic: General News
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Explore just some of the work carried out by NRPSI when lobbying for greater professionalism in public service interpreting; click here . . .

Just some of the activity conducted by NRPSI on behalf of Registrants and focused on protection of the public . . .
Published:3 March 2022
Topic: General News
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