The importance of professional translation in the pharmaceutical sector

febrero 23rd, 2021 | Posted by admin in Blog - (Comentarios desactivados)

Translation services are especially important for the medical and pharmaceutical sector. In this article we discuss the advantages of having professional translation services specialized in both clinical research as well as in other specialties in the biopharmaceutical field. Information in this field must be comprehensive and highly accurate in any kind of communication, so the specialization of the translators involved is of vital importance.

Main reasons for using expert translators for life sciences

It is clear that the pharmaceutical sector has a number of characteristics that make it very distinctive, particularly due to the responsibility it holds towards patients. The social impact of the texts translated in this field is huge, so multiple factors must be taken into account in the translation, while also seeking the maximum possible comprehension and accuracy.

Moreover, the pharmaceutical and clinical research fields combine very specialized language with highly diverse registers.  Not only are purely scientific topics discussed, but also legal, informative, administrative, marketing, and other aspects, which are quite specific.

Specificity is the third point that we must consider. This type of translation is highly specialized and makes use of new and technical words that emerge as research progresses. It is therefore imperative that these expert translators are continually learning and renewing their linguistic and conceptual knowledge.

What kind of training do translators who work with pharma and clinical research texts need to have?

First of all, these professionals must have studied a subject that is directly related to the translation. In most cases, this is a college degree in translation and interpreting. However, the industry also includes doctors and researchers specializing in different branches, who, having a high degree of knowledge in a language, can also perform this type of work.

In either case, however, specific medical translation courses are required. This may be through a master’s degree or through studies that, as we mentioned above, must be renewed from time to time to offer maximum precision and accuracy.

In summary, we could say that the four basic characteristics for this type of translator are understanding the specific language related to this sector and the clinical specialty with which they are working, adapting their translations to make them readable, and constantly keeping themselves informed regarding changes in the sector.

Another fundamental point is establishing quality processes that are audited internally and externally to guarantee the quality of the service.

SeproTec has been translating and interpreting content for the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry since its inception, and so it has one of the largest global databases of specialized translators who are trained and experienced in various disciplines related with health and pharmaceuticals. This allows us to guarantee a reliable translation that fulfills the requirements of both the client and sector. Our translators are constantly evaluated by the Vendor Management Department, which also takes care of the comprehensive approval processes for external resources, which go far beyond the requirements of the translation industry-specific quality standard ISO 17100, to which we are certified.

Pharmaceutical translation services in particular, require that experts be hired for the reasons we have presented above. To learn more about our experience in the sector and how we can help you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

SeproTec: Translator of the Month, December 2020

febrero 1st, 2021 | Posted by admin in Blog | Translator of the Month - (Comentarios desactivados)

We are more than happy to announce the December winner of the 2020 edition of our Translator of the Month action!

Translators’ work is of vital importance in every translation company. This initiative is our way to way to say thank you! and recognize the efforts of the industry professionals.

We would like to introduce you to Esther Cárdenas, one of our most multifaceted translators!

Winner of the December 2020 Translator of the Month action

You studied Philology, that is very interesting! When you chose that path, did you know that you wanted to be a translator or was it something that came with time?

I decided to study Philology from a very young age, and I also studied History (13 years at the University!!!). This was in response to my interest in communication with, in understanding the human being… I believe that these two studies have provided me with key tools to understand the exact meaning of what is intended to be communicated.

Translation and I have always gone together, and at the age of 15 my hobby was translating into Greek and Latin classics; I have had different jobs, but in all of them I have been entrusted with translation tasks, an activity that I have also carried out -as a hobby- in parallel with those jobs… until I decided to dedicate myself exclusively to this exciting adventure that is translation.


You are such a multifaceted translator! You have translated some articles and other literary texts. That is impressive! Do you prefer translating literary texts or more technical ones? Why?

What I prefer is to translate, everything is interesting. Each text is an exciting challenge that helps me to quench my thirst for knowledge because a translation involves a work of documentation (I mentioned my university years earlier, I always wanted and want to learn more!) When I start a translation job, I always think about two things:

-The social service that involves facilitating communication and knowledge transfer between people and organizations.

-Modelling words as if I were building a work of art, something beautiful and useful.


You work with four different languages: German, Basque, English and Spanish. What is your preferred working language combination?

I like them all, but I must admit that Basque and German are two languages that attract me very much.


How does the current situation worldwide affect your life and work as a translator?

Well, thank God, they haven’t affected me at all because I work at home and I can go out in the mountains with my dog, which is a way of seeing my friends while we walk. New technologies allow us to keep in touch with family and friends but we must not forget the many people who are having a hard time. Precisely, all this makes me aware of my responsibility towards others.


Do you have a life motto?

Of course, my motto is to do everything as perfectly as possible, even if no one sees what I do. I used to think that it was the will that moved me, but I have realised that what moves the world is Love, so, with capital letters.


Thank you so much for your time, Esther.  A pleasure to chat with you and congratulations!