The Association of Translation Companies (ATC) is a trade association representing the interests of language service companies in the UK and internationally. It is the leading voice for companies operating in the UK’s language services industry.
Founded by British translation companies in 1976, the ATC provides authoritative advice about matters relating to multilingual communication, and working with legislators and other stakeholders, lobbies on behalf of its members, promoting the value of language services and language skills, translation and interpreting.
The ATC defines standards of excellence for language service companies by promoting quality-driven language services and best practice to create recognition and trust.
The ATC influences the advancement of language service companies and the language services industry through its research, initiatives and activities, in collaboration with its stakeholders.
At the forefront of the development of new international standards for translation and interpreting, the ATC is also the founder of ATC Certification, a certification body providing ISO certification services and training to language service companies worldwide.
The ATC collaborates closely with other language services industry associations and organisations, and is a member of the EUATC, an umbrella organisation of national associations in Europe.
The ATC works on a non-profit basis and its activities are guided by a Council of elected member company representatives.