The Boards of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) are pleased to announce the implementation of new procedure, that of a joint WFD-WASLI Accredited International Sign Interpreter Professional Conduct Review Process (“WFD/WASLI – PCRP”).
The Professional Conduct Review Process provides a mechanism for those who have a concern about a WFD-WASLI International Sign Interpreter’s professional conduct. There are several options beginning with encouraging the parties to deal with the concern directly, to lodging a formal complaint.
The Professional Conduct Review Committee formed by WFD-WASLI Boards manages the Professional Conduct Review Process. The Chair and/or designated member of the Professional Conduct Review Committee takes on a facilitation role with the parties with the goal of negotiating an appropriate outcome.
Only WFD-WASLI International Sign Accredited Interpreters can be held accountable for their professional conduct through this review process. If the complaint is against an interpreter that is not a WFD-WASLI International Sign Accredited Interpreter, neither WFD nor WASLI have the authority to hold that person accountable for their professional conduct through this process.
Such a process ensures that interpreters will continue to comply with the high ethical standards necessary for international work, and that should there be disputes, these will be handled in a professional manner and is supportive and fair.
Further information about the WFD-WASLI Accredited International Sign Interpreter Professional Conduct Review Process is available here.