Code of Practice and Professional Ethics
The ACCI Rulebook regulates the conduct of all members of the Association.
Main principles:

  1. High standards of conduct

All members should always maintain high standards of conduct to promote public confidence in the interpreting profession and the ACCI.

  2. Faithful and accurate conveyance of messages

All members should always well and faithfully interpret by accurately reproducing in the target language the closest natural equivalent of the source language to the best of their skill and understanding without embellishment, omission or explanation.

  3. Impartiality and conflict of interest

All members should be impartial and avoid any bias and the perception of any bias or favourism. All members should disclose any potential conflict of interest or anything else which may make it inappropriate for them do provide interpreting service.

  4. Unobtrusiveness

All members should be unobtrusive when providing interpreting service and should not attract inappropriate attention to themselves when performing their duties.

  5. Limitations

All members are responsible for enabling others to communicate and they should not take the main role on communication and can only take a secondary role to ensure accurate and faithful interpreting.

  6. Confidentiality

All members should protect all information obtained while carrying out their role from unauthorised disclosure.

  7. Representation of qualifications

All members should accurately and fully represent their qualifications, training and experience.

  8. CPD and professional standards

All members should maintain their record of CPD and continually improve their skills and knowledge.

  9. Disciplinary procedure

The ACCI can remove any member whose conduct makes them unfit to remain a member of the Association.

  10. Impediments to compliance with the ACCI Rulebook

Any member who discovers anything that would impede their full compliance with the Rulebook should immediately inform their client. When the member has any reservation about their ability to interpret competently they should immediately convey this to their client. If the communication mode or the language cannot be readily interpreted, the member should notify the client.