22. October 2021


Nowadays, trust is just as important – if not more important – than money. Especially in business relationships, trust plays an immensely important role. This makes reliable and high-quality services and products the go-to, even if they cost more. If a brand or company can build trust, it doesn’t have to be the cheapest offer on the market. It has legitimised itself by meeting the expectations of its customers. However, finding a trustworthy service provider is not easy. One thing that can help you choose a reliable service provider is a certification.

What are certifications?

A certification is a seal of approval from an official certification body (such as TÜV or DEKRA). Certifications are available for almost all products and services. A well-known certification is ISO 9001, which evaluates a company’s quality management. There are also relevant certifications for professional translation firms and translation agencies: ISO 17100 and ISO 18587. They are awarded by independent bodies authorised to carry out audits.

Certifications for translation agencies: ISO 17100 and ISO 18587

ISO 17100:2015 (Translation services – Requirements for translation services) sets out requirements for the translation process, the four-eye principle and the qualification of translators and other parties involved in the process. The certificate is awarded by an expert auditor only to translation agencies that work in compliance with this norm and recertifies them on a regular basis.

ISO 18587:2017 (Translation services – Post-editing of machine translation output) regulates the translation process of machine translation and the qualifications of the post-editors used. Only highly experienced post-editors who passed a multi-stage evaluation process are allowed to work on machine translation projects with full post-editing.

Registration ≠ certification

In addition to certification, translation service providers also have the option of registration. It is important to note, however, that this is merely a self-declaration to adhere to the quality processes. There is no official verification and the risk whether the processes are actually ISO-compliant or not lies with the customer. In Germany, for example, more than 200 translation agencies have registered for ISO 17100, but only 69 agencies have passed the official certification (source: tekom lecture “Die Normen ISO 17100 und ISO 18587 – Gemeinsamkeiten und Unvereinbarkeit in der Praxis” by Eva-Maria Tillmann, 04./11/2020). In fact, only eight service providers have ISO 17100 and ISO 18587 certification (as of October 2020, same source) – and one of them is COMLOGOS.

COMLOGOS as a certified partner

COMLOGOS attaches great significance to have its processes audited regularly and in obtaining the above-mentioned certifications. This way, we ensure that our translations are of outstanding quality. COMLOGOS has been certified according to DIN EN 15038 since 2010 (replaced by ISO 17100 in 2016) and according to ISO 18587 since 2021. Our clients appreciate our professionalism and the use of standardised processes. As a result, they always receive high quality and can be confident that they are receiving the best possible service at all times. Do we have what it takes to earn your trust?? Then please feel free to contact us!

Still have questions?

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our project managers at mail@comlogos.com.

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