Code of Ethics and Professional Practice

Find a Translator or Interpreter
Search for:

American Translators Association Code of Ethics and Professional Practice

We the members of the American Translators Association accept as our ethical and professional duty

  1. to convey meaning between people and cultures faithfully, accurately, and impartially;

  2. to hold in confidence any privileged and/or confidential information entrusted to us in the course of our work;

  3. to represent our qualifications, capabilities, and responsibilities honestly and to work always within them;

  4. to enhance those capabilities at every opportunity through continuing education in language, subject field, and professional practice;

  5. to act collegially by sharing knowledge and experience;

  6. to define in advance by mutual agreement, and to abide by, the terms of all business transactions among ourselves and with others;

  7. to ask for and offer due recognition of our work, and compensation commensurate with our abilities; and

  8. to endeavor in good faith to resolve among ourselves any dispute that arises from our professional interactions,

mindful that failure to abide by these principles may harm ourselves, our fellow members, the Association, or those we serve.

As approved by the ATA Board of Directors October 2010


American Translators Association
Code of Ethics and Professional Practice Commentary

This commentary is intended to be a living document, providing in-depth explanation and examples that reflect our common experiences. We envision a framework where members will contribute examples over time of the code in practice to enable a deeper understanding of the effects of our behavior on ourselves, each other, and the industry as a whole. Read More >