PIF and the Association of Translation Companies (ATC) have today (27 January) announced a new partnership.

The ATC is a professional membership association representing the interests of language service companies in the UK and internationally. 

A Memorandum of Understanding between PIF and ATC will open new channels of communication and collaboration in the field of multilingual healthcare communication between our organisations and our memberships.

The MoU outlines the ATC and PIF’s shared objectives of:

  • Promoting best practice within the provision of language services, translation, and interpreting for the healthcare sector in the UK
  • Facilitating meaningful connections between the member organisations of the ATC and PIF
  • Working jointly to increase access to translated health information for non-English speakers

Meeting the challenges of translating health information

PIF Director Sophie Randall said: “The pandemic has emphasised the need for high quality translated health information that is trustworthy  and culturally appropriate. 

"PIF members face many challenges in meeting the demand for translated material. 

"We look forward to working with the ATC to further define best practice and implement practical solutions to help ensure everyone has access to trusted health information.”

Multilingual communication needs

The ATC’s CEO Raisa McNab said: “PIF’s member organisations in the healthcare sector have hugely complex and ever-evolving multilingual communication needs. 

"I’m absolutely delighted that the ATC and our members will be able to contribute to PIF’s work in defining best practices, and to support PIF’s members in accessing quality-managed translation, interpreting and other language services.”