Any translation process requires a review stage that guarantees optimal quality. This need is much more prominent, however, in the case of pharmaceutical or medical translation, due to some of the factors that come into play.

Medical translation: much more than translating

It is easy to understand that any activity related to the medical or health field requires special attention and care. This is field of vital importance: in it, a job well done can be a vital part of treating a patient and, on the flipside, a job poorly done could have fatal results. Translation within this field is no different.

Most medical texts go through a full translation process, since the results and advances of the numerous research initiatives around the world must be made available to all professionals on the planet. That is why we need specialized linguists who know first-hand how these texts work and the specificities of the different languages in which they will be working and who, in turn, have specific knowledge about the subject in question.

 

The final quality assurance process in pharmaceutical and medical translation

The final quality assurance process in pharmaceutical and medical translation

Quality translations for a crucial sector

As in any translation process, texts have to go through various stages in order to provide an optimal final result. Not all translation providers are created equal, but, assuming you have opted for an ISO 9001 and ISO 17100 certified corporate translation provider, you can expect your translation to be put together by at least three different people in the translation, editing and proofreading pipeline.

The quality control process, a whole, well-synchronized team

First, a specialized translator, selected for their experience as an expert in the field, with experience translating languages for native-speaker readers, will be in charge of reading the entire text, investigating any ambiguities, and transmitting all the information to the target language.

After that, a different linguist has to review the initial translation, correcting and improving any errors or slips that the translator may have left in. The proofreader adds further expertise in the subject matter and native language to the translation project, thus performing Linguistic Quality Assurance (LQA) to ensure that the translation is clear, correct, and concise.

After the translator and proofreader have completed their assignments and the translation has gone through Language Quality Assurance (LQA), the project usually goes to the layout team. Multilingual DTP experts eliminate any difficulties arising from expanding or retracting text, or character differences from the original language to the target language translation.

Lastly, a different proofreader will produce a final version. In the process of reviewing the general appearance, style and design of the project, it is also detected if something is missing or if there is an error, in which case the Project Manager (PM) is notified and forwards the text to the appropriate person to correct the problem.

When a document is submitted for translation, there is a whole team involved with the final product, which is thoroughly reviewed and researched before being finalized. Beyond the translator, reviewer, and proofreader, you have a project manager and may include a multilingual layout team working to deliver the final translation. Content can thus be analyzed more exhaustively, guaranteeing quality translations.The final quality of the text that we deliver to the client must be the highest possible, of course, due to the potential consequences that an error in this kind of text can cause. Take, for example, the case of a patient receiving an incorrect dose of a drug due to a failure to properly transcribe a medical package insert. Even more serious cases can occur, such as errors of meaning when transcribing the way to proceed during a surgical intervention, aggravating the patient’s symptoms.

For this reason, pharmaceutical and medical translation is one of the translation fields that requires the most attention. Health depends on a correct understanding and transfer of information between specialists into the most different languages, and each medical specialty has a plethora of highly specific terms. In these cases, it is essential that the translator have certain knowledge on the specific subject matter and be capable of resolving errors or technical problems. A good team of experienced linguists, such as that of SeproTec, will guarantee the highest quality in texts of this kind.

 

 

 

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.