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National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters Receives NCCA Accreditation

Release Date | 2013-01-09

The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (National Board), the first program in the U.S. to provide national certification for medical interpreters, is pleased to announce that it has earned the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accreditation.

National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters Receives NCCA Accreditation

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Organization National Board for Certification of Medical Interpreters
City Stow (USA)
January, 2013 - The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (National Board), the first program in the U.S. to provide national certification for medical interpreters, is pleased to announce that it has earned the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accreditation.

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) was created in 1987 by the Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE) to help ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the accreditation of a variety of certification programs that assess professional competence. The process for meeting NCCA’s Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs is very rigorous and is the reference for credentialing programs.

“NCCA Accreditation is one of the milestones the National Board set for itself at the very outset. The close scrutiny involved in the certification process which followed our application in January 2012 validates the achievement by the National Board of the highest quality standards. The legitimacy of our program and process has now been recognized. With this recognition, we are confident that many more CMIs will join those already serving in hospitals and clinics around the country and abroad,” stated Tina Pena, National Board Chair.

An independent division of the International Medical Interpreters Association, the National Board is proud of having developed a certification program and process by interpreters and for interpreters. To date, 3,000 professionals have been accepted into the program and started the process of national certification; of those, 580 have received their Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI) credential in the U.S. and a few abroad. The program has been expanded into five more languages: Korean, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Russian, which will be available for testing in January and February.

“This is a very exciting time for the National Board, we see a real surge in the number of interpreters who are entering the program and are getting a great response from the CMIs who are proud to receive their credential,” stated Linda Joyce, Certification and Testing Director of the National Board.

“The process of national certification for medical interpreters is a critical one for the assurance of high standards of medical care and patient safety. Accreditation of the certifying body itself is one more important step in the professionalization of the work of our newest health care team members, our professional medical interpreters. Congratulations!” said Eric Hardt, MD, National Board Director and Geriatric Physician at Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine.

Accreditation provides third party oversight of a conformity assessment system. It provides a mechanism for organizations to demonstrate that their credentialing programs have been reviewed by a panel of impartial experts, who have determined that the programs have met the stringent standards set by the credentialing community. ICE offers accreditation for both certificate and certification programs.

About the National Board for Certification for Medical Interpreters

ABOUT THE NATIONAL BOARD OF CERTIFICATION FOR MEDICAL INTERPRETERS
The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters is an autonomous certifying body, formed from an independent group of industry professionals who represent all key stakeholder groups, including professional medical interpreters, trainers, employers, providers, and regulators. The National Board developed the first comprehensive national medical interpreting certification program. The National Board is a special division of the IMIA and has independent authority over all essential certification decisions. The purpose of certification is to ensure limited English proficiency patient safety by rigorous evaluation and assurance of the competency of medical interpreters, through written and oral exams. Those who pass the written and oral exams are bestowed the CMI credential which stands for Certified Medical Interpreter. For more information, visit www.certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org


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Organization National Board
Last name Garcia
First name Carlos
Role Executive Director
Office tel no. 1-765-633-2378
URL http://www.certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org


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