NSGCIS: National Standard Guide for Community Interpreting Services
Canadian Interpretation Standards
The National Standards Guide for Community Interpreting Services (NSGCIS) was created to provide consistency in interpretation services as provided specifically in the areas of health, government, legal, educational, and social services settings. It establishes not only uniformity in processes and requirements for Interpretation Service Providers (ISPs), but also ethical principles that are specifically relevant to interpretation services.
The NSGCIS offers clarification in defining terminologies as relate to attributes and proficiencies of service providers, whether they be organizations or individuals. These consistencies can be applied in education and training of interpreters, as well as indicators hiring and ongoing performance reviews. From an ethical perspective, conforming to these interpretation standards ensure that interpreters maintain a neutral and factual role offering reliable interpretation services.