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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 1,700 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

Click here for up to date details of which police services are engaged with which agencies, contracted through the Dynamic Purchasing system . . .

The Police Approved Interpreters and Translators (PAIT Scheme) regions explained . . .
Published:26 February 2024
Topic: General News
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NRPSI's presentation at the LC's International Mother Tongue Day Conference; click here for more information

See a PDF of the PowerPoint slides used in yesterday's presentation . . .
Published:22 February 2024
Topic: General News
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CIOL Interpreters Day 16th March 2024; are you coming along? Click here for more details

Looking forward to meeting all who are coming along . . .
Published:14 February 2024
Topic: General News
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URGENT: watch out for scam emails; click here for more information

Sent to NRPSI and NRPST on 8th February 2024 by a concerned Registrant; watch out for scam emails . . .
Published:9 February 2024
Topic: General News
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Victims and Prisoners Bill: 31st January 2023: click here to read the debate about the amendments tabled by Baroness Coussins and supported by many . . .

“Public service interpreters are specialist, qualified and trained professionals… it must be a non-negotiable, bottom-line principle that interpreting and translation services should be provided by qualified trained professionals" . . .
Published:8 February 2024
Topic: General News
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Click here to catch up on NRPSI activities

Spend time reviewing up to date position with public sector organisations . . .
Published:10 January 2024
Topic: General News
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Message from an MP; I would encourage local NHS commissioners and providers to make use of the NRPSI: click here for more

NHS England guidance outlines clear expectations of commissioners, including that spoken language interpreters should be registered with the National Register of Public Service lnterpreters . . .
Published:9 January 2024
Topic: General News
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Corey Drewry, who is a user researcher working in the Family Hubs team at the Department for Education (DfE) wants to hear from you; click here for . . .

She has requested to be put in touch with Registered Public Service Interpreters who have experience of helping people get support for their unmet needs . . .
Published:8 January 2024
Topic: General News
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Click here to see the PDF of NRPSI's latest PowerPoint presentation focusing on 'Frameworks'

Do not hesitate to get in touch if you have questions about any of the pages . . .
Published:19 December 2023
Topic: General News
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