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Code of Professional Ethics, Interpreters


I. Purpose and Scope


Article 1


a. This Code of Professional Ethics (hereinafter called the "Code") lays down the standards of integrity, professionalism and confidentiality which all interpreters of Elite shall be bound to respect in their work as conference interpreters.

b. Candidates shall also undertake to adhere to the provisions of this Code.

c. The Management, acting in accordance with the Regulation on Disciplinary Procedure, shall impose penalties for any breach of the rules of the profession as defined in this Code.


II. Code of Honour


Article 2


a. Interpreters of Elite shall be bound by the strictest secrecy, which must be observed towards all persons and with regard to all information disclosed in the course of the practice of the profession at any gathering not open to the public.

b. Interpreters shall refrain from deriving any personal gain whatsoever from confidential information they may have acquired in the exercise of their duties as conference interpreters.


Article 3


a. Interpreters of Elite shall not accept any assignment for which they are not qualified. Acceptance of an assignment shall imply a moral undertaking on the member's part to work with all due professionalism.

b. Any member of Elite recruiting other conference interpreters, be they interpreters of Elite or not, shall give the same undertaking.

c. Interpreters of Elite shall not accept more than one assignment for the same period of time.


Article 4


a. Interpreters of Elite shall not accept any job or situation which might detract from the dignity of the profession.

b. They shall refrain from any act which might bring the profession into disrepute.


Article 5


For any professional purpose, interpreters may publicise the fact that they are conference interpreters and interpreters of Elite, either as individuals or as part of any grouping or region to which they belong.


Article 6


a. It shall be the duty of interpreters of Elite to afford their colleagues moral assistance and collegiality.

b. Interpreters shall refrain from any utterance or action prejudicial to the interests of Elite or its interpreters. Any complaint arising out of the conduct of any other member or any disagreement regarding any decision taken by Elite shall be pursued and settled within Elite itself.

c. Any problem pertaining to the profession which arises between two or more interpreters of Elite, including candidates, may be referred to the Management for arbitration, except for disputes of a commercial nature.


III. Working Conditions


Article 7


With a view to ensuring the best quality interpretation, interpreters of Elite:

a. shall endeavour always to secure satisfactory conditions of sound, visibility and comfort, having particular regard to the Professional Standards as adopted by Elite as well as any technical standards drawn up or approved by it;

b. shall not, as a general rule, when interpreting simultaneously in a booth, work either alone or without the availability of a colleague to relieve them should the need arise;

c. shall try to ensure that teams of conference interpreters are formed in such a way as to avoid the systematic use of relay;

d. shall not agree to undertake either simultaneous interpretation without a booth or whispered interpretation unless the circumstances are exceptional and the quality of interpretation work is not thereby impaired;

e. shall require a direct view of the speaker and the conference room. They will thus refuse to accept the use of television monitors instead of this direct view, except in the case of videoconferences;

f. shall require that working documents and texts to be read out at the conference be sent to them in advance;

g. shall request a briefing session whenever appropriate;

h. shall not perform any other duties except that of conference interpreter at conferences for which they have been taken on as interpreters.


Article 8


Interpreters of Elite shall neither accept nor, a fortiori, offer for themselves or for other conference interpreters recruited through them, be they interpreters of Elite or not, any working conditions contrary to those laid down in this Code or in the Professional Standards.


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