American Translation Service Quality Standard ASTM F2575-06

The USA currently uses the ASTM F2575-06 standard (Standard Guide for Quality Assurance in Translation), which sets out the basic principles for analysis of translation quality. These principles are used in drafting terms and conditions for work on specific projects and to facilitate better mutual understanding between the client and the provider of translation services. The standard does not, however, contain any explicit criteria for guaranteeing the quality of a translation; it merely lists the parameters that the client and the provider should agree upon before starting the work. ASTM F2575-06 thus lists the requirements for translation quality, but does not provide recommendations on how to achieve it, because, according to the standard, these are very project-specific. Essentially, the standard explains what the client and the provider need to discuss before the translation project begins.

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