The Associazione Interpreti di Conferenza in Italia (International Association of Conference Interpreters in Italy - AIIC Italia), established on March 5th 2014, is the Italian branch of the “Association Internationale des Interprètes de Conférence” (AIIC World), a global association that, with its 3,000 members, has over the past sixty years been involved in promoting high standards of quality and professional integrity as well as being the partner of reference for European and international bodies. It brings together professionals who are active in private and institutional markets both nationally and internationally and staff interpreters employed by national and international institutions such as the Italian Chamber of Deputies and Senate, FAO, the WFP and IFAD.
Until the introduction of Law no. 4/2013 that regulates professional associations, Italy was one of the AIIC World 23 “regions”. Changes in the regulatory framework have led AIIC World members resident in Italy to establish a National Association, AIIC ITALIA, that can at the national level officially represent AIIC World’s unique role in promoting the highest ethical standards and in guaranteeing quality in the professional services provided by its members.
AIIC Italia represents professional conference interpreting as defined nationally and internationally. To protect users and ensure quality in professional services, the website provides detailed information about the different types of language interpretation services, an example of team compositions to meet different interpretation requirements and an advanced search system that serves to find interpreters on the basis of languages required and their professional domicile.
AIIC Italia membership is based on strict and internationally verified peer-review procedures and interpreters are required to comply with a code of ethics aimed at protecting the interests of all parties involved and, in particular, guaranteeing absolute professional secrecy.
AIIC Italia attaches great importance to its members’ ongoing professional development and, to this end, organises numerous training and refresher initiatives in Italy, taking advantage of the international network of AIIC World lecturers. AIIC Italia is also active in the fields of research, university education and higher education. Many of its members are professors or university lecturers.
AIIC Italia and AIIC World are in the forefront in defining standards for the profession.
AIIC Italia is also actively involved in initiatives focusing on interpreters working in conflict areas, legal and court interpreters, sign language interpreters and young interpreters.