BS EN 15038:2006 - Translation services. Service requirements – BSI British Standards

BS EN 15038:2006

Translation services. Service requirements

Status : Superseded, Withdrawn   Published : June 2006

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BS EN 15038:2006 is the first European standard to set out the requirements for the provision of quality services by translation service providers (TSPs). It charts the best practice processes involved in providing a translation service through commissioning, translation, review, project management and quality control, to delivery.

The purpose of this European standard is to establish and define the requirements for the provision of quality services by translation service providers.

BS EN 15038:2006 encompasses the core translation process and all other related aspects involved in providing the service, including quality assurance and traceability.

This standard offers both translation service providers and their clients a description and definition of the entire service. At the same time, it is designed to provide translation service providers with a set of procedures and requirements to meet market needs.

Conformity assessment and certification based on this standard are envisaged.

BS EN 15038:2006 specifies the requirements for the translation service provider with regard to human and technical resources, quality and project management, the contractual framework, and service procedures.

This standard does not apply to interpreting services.


  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Scope
  • Terms and Definitions
  • Basic requirements
  • General
  • Human resources
  • Human resources management
  • Professional competences of translators
  • Professional competences of revisers
  • Professional competences of reviewers
  • Continuing professional development
  • Technical resources
  • Quality management system
  • Project management
  • Client-TSP relationship
  • General
  • Enquiry and feasibility
  • Quotation
  • Client-TSP agreement
  • Handling of project-related client information
  • Project conclusion
  • Procedures in translation services
  • General
  • Managing translation projects
  • Preparation
  • Administrative aspects
  • Technical aspects
  • Linguistic aspects
  • Translation process
  • Translation
  • Checking
  • Revision
  • Review
  • Proofreading
  • Final verification
  • Added value services
  • Annex A (informative) Project registration details
  • Annex B (informative) Technical pre-translation processing
  • Annex C (informative) Source text analysis
  • Annex D (informative) Style guide
  • Annex E (informative) Non-exhaustive list of added value services
  • Bibliography

BIP 2116A new Guide to the Standard is also available - The Translation Service Provider’s Guide to BS EN 15038

Standard NumberBS EN 15038:2006
TitleTranslation services. Service requirements
StatusSuperseded, Withdrawn
Publication Date30 June 2006
Withdrawn Date31 May 2015
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)ISO/IEC GUIDE 68:2002, ISO/IEC 17000:2004, EN ISO/IEC 17000:2004, EN ISO 9000:2005, EN ISO/IEC 17050-1:2004, ISO/IEC 17050-2:2004, ISO 9000:2005, ISO/IEC GUIDE 28:2004, ISO 12616:2002, ISO 1087-1:2000, ISO/IEC GUIDE 65:1996, EN ISO/IEC 17050-2:2004, ISO/IEC GUIDE 67:2004, ISO/IEC GUIDE 53:2005, ISO/IEC 17050-1:2004, ISO 1087-2:2000
International RelationshipsEN 15038:2006
Draft Superseded By04/30122043 DC
DescriptorsTranslations, Translation (process), Management, Project management, Technical writing, Personnel, Contracts, Quality management, Quality, Consumer-supplier relations
Title in FrenchServices de traduction. Exigences requises pour la prestation du service
Title in GermanUebersetzungs-Dienstleistungen. Dienstleistungsanforderungen
ISBN0 580 48634 6
File Size239 KB

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