What does the VViN do?
VViN promotes professionalisation of the interpreting and translation sector in the Netherlands. This way we can continuously improve the services provided by our members. Customers must be sure that these services meet high quality standards, and that rates and delivery terms are communicated clearly and are adhered to.
There are many ways in which we support professionalisation. These include organising workshops for members and support for conferences and other events in the interpreting and translation sector.
We also advocate quality standards in our industry. For instance, we have actively contributed to the development of European standard NEN-EN 15038 and international standard ISO 17100 for translation services. VViN is still represented in the NEN committee for interpreting and translating services so that it can keep a finger on the pulse. Certification has been a requirement for admission as a member of VViN since 2021. That means ISO 17100 for translation services and/or ISO 18841 for interpreting services.
Furthermore, we require all members to abide by a code of conduct so that customers know what they can reasonably expect.
VViN is the government’s regular interlocutor for interpreting and translation issues. For instance, VViN was closely involved with the creation of the Sworn Interpreters and Translators Act (Wet beëdigde tolken en vertalers).