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What Is ISO Certification?

Posted 10 February 2023

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ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standards are broadly designed to ensure quality, safety and efficiency across various industries. These standards are created by experts from a wide variety of countries, who unite together to agree on industry best practices. This helps to create consistency for consumers looking for products and services across the globe.

In the translation industry, ISO 17100 is the most relevant standard. It defines the requirements for the core processes, resources and all other aspects of a professional translation service delivery. These guidelines are designed to ensure that translation services are accurate, consistent, and culturally appropriate. Let’s break down the benefits in more detail.


The Benefits of ISO 17100 Certification for Translation Services


ISO 17100 certification offers many benefits for both clients and translation service providers.

Here are just some of the key benefits:

Quality Assurance

ISO 17100 requires that translation service providers implement a quality management system and follow strict procedures to ensure the quality of their deliverables. This can help ensure that all work delivered is accurate, consistent, and culturally appropriate. After all, clients expect to receive high-quality translations that align with their use cases. There’s no room for error.

From the perspective of clients, ISO 17100 certification offers peace of mind that the translation service provider they are using for a project is firmly committed to offering high-quality services. This is especially important for clients who need translations of critical materials, such as legal contracts, marketing collateral, or even technical manuals.

Professionalism & Expertise

To comply with ISO 17100, a translation service provider must utilise experienced specialist linguists to complete each project. With plenty of experience under their belts, this can fill clients with confidence and give them the necessary assurance that their materials are in safe hands. You must also have a clear process for selecting and training linguists to complete projects.


ALM Translations’ ISO 17100 Accreditation and ATC Membership

ALM Translations is proudly ISO 17100 certified and a member of the Association of Translation Companies (ATC). Our ISO 17100 certification and ATC membership is a clear signal to all potential clients that our professional translation service is carried out by fully qualified, specialist linguists with the necessary experience to deliver exceptional materials.

We ensure that our linguists undergo rigorous testing and training to meet our high standards. This doesn’t just happen once. It’s an ongoing process. We consistently train our linguists to guarantee that they are equipped to deliver high-quality work for our clients.

Our ISO 17100 certification and ATC membership are proof of our commitment to delivering the best possible service to our clients. We are immensely proud to be part of a community of translation service providers who are dedicated to delivering high-quality translations and supporting clients in their efforts to communicate effectively within international markets.


ISO 17100 & The Translation Process

ISO 17100 requires that translation service providers have a robust process for managing translation projects. From leveraging the latest translation technology to refining our quality control processes, we are continuously optimising our workflows to meet the ever-evolving needs of our clients. We believe in the importance of consistently evaluating our practices.

With an effective quality management system in place to maintain the quality of deliverables over time, translation service providers can scale their workloads and take on more clients and projects without worrying about diminishing quality.

Closing Thoughts

At ALM Translations, we are proud to have the ISO 17100 certification and be a member of the Association of Translation Companies (ATC), which we view as guarantees of our commitment to delivering high-quality translations to our clients. If you are looking for a translation service provider that is committed to delivering high-quality translations, look no further than us.


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