Code of professional conduct – changes

Following a review of the CIOL Code of Professional Conduct which came into force on 1 September 2017, a range of members provided feedback and suggestions to further enhance the code.

Modifications to Clauses 2.1 and 6.5 were therefore presented to CIOL Council at its meeting on 21 October 2017. The modifications, as detailed below, were unanimously accepted.

In addition CIOL Council approved the recommendation to include a definition of 'registered [with CIOL]':

Registered [with CIOL]: a person who is admitted into membership [in any grade] having satisfied CIOL Council that they meet the admissions criteria for membership

Clause 2.1

Modified clause 2.1

Members/chartered linguists will offer professional language services only in the language or languages in which they are currently registered with CIOL.

 

In particular, members/chartered linguists who translate will normally translate only into their native language/language of habitual use.

 

Members/chartered linguists will normally offer professional services in the language or languages in which they are currently registered with CIOL or other recognised professional body. At the professional discretion of the member/chartered linguist, this clause may be waived but only with the prior knowledge and agreement of the client ordering the work. 

 

Members/chartered linguists who translate will normally translate into their native language/language of habitual use; this clause may be waived but only with the prior knowledge and agreement of the client ordering the work.

 

Clause 6.5

Modified clause 6.5

Members/chartered linguists will not use information acquired in the course of their work to gain unfair advantage or to disadvantage their client/employer. In particular, they will not solicit work directly from end clients for whom they have worked through an agency. Any member who is approached by such an end user with a view to working directly for him/her will inform the agency immediately.

 

Members/chartered linguists will not use information acquired during their work to gain unfair advantage or to disadvantage their client/employer. In particular, members/chartered linguists will not solicit work directly from end clients for whom they have worked through an agency, to the disadvantage of the agency. Any member/chartered linguist who is approached by such an end client with a view to working directly for him/her should exercise their professional judgment and be mindful of their contractual obligations in determining their response. In case of doubt, the member/chartered linguist should raise this with the agency concerned. 

The above modifications come into immediate effect. The next review is planned for 2019; comments and suggestions for consideration can be emailed to membershipteam@ciol.org.uk.

3 November 2017