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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

Click here to see the 6th issue of the Interpreting Academy newsletter

"Action from the Interpreting Academy to professionalise interpreting is now in motion" says Ricky Mateus . . .
Published:3 August 2022
Topic: General News
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Latest CPD opportunities from ISL can be found here

Explore the list of August sessions from ISL . . .
Published:26 July 2022
Topic: CPD Events
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UNITE the Union is assessing the prospects of success of a potential test case brought by an interpreter working for one of the big LSPs; click here . . .

It is considered that a class action with more interpreters would have a better chance of success . . .
Published:25 July 2022
Topic: General News
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Click here to see the latest HMCTS Off Contract Invoicing Guidance for Language Professionals from the Ministry of Justice

If you are having any difficulties with invoicing HMCTS for off-contract engagements please email mike@nrpsi.org.uk outlining the issues you are facing . . .
Published:21 July 2022
Topic: General News
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Sabine Centofanti, recipient of 2021-22 NRPSI Award for excellence in the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI), talks about her . . .

This award, which forms part of the Chartered Institute of Linguists and Institute of Linguists Educational Trust Awards, is presented to the DPSI student graduating with the highest exam score . . .
Published:19 July 2022
Topic: Movers & Shakers
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To find out more about the Bilingual Therapist and Interpreter Forum to be held online at 5pm on Thursday July 7th, please click here . . .

Exploring the experience of interpreters and the aftermath from their work on their professional and their personal lives . . .
Published:29 June 2022
Topic: General News
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Click here to review latest CPD opportunities from ISL

Many new CPD offerings to explore . . .
Published:29 June 2022
Topic: CPD Events
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Review the PDF of the 'Outsourcing' presentation delivered on 22nd June 2022

In-depth review of history, where we are today and what might be the future of outsourcing . . .
Published:24 June 2022
Topic: General News
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APCI’s 50th Anniversary Legacy Project supporting Ukrainian refugees is proving to be a success. Click here to find out more . . .

APCI has been at the forefront of spoken language professionalism in public service interpreting for over 50 years and continues to be relevant in today’s challenging world . . .
Published:1 June 2022
Topic: General News
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