International Federation of Translators, May 11, 2016

FIT (the Fédération Internationale des Traducteurs/International Federation of Translators, is an international grouping of associations of translators, interpreters and terminologists. More than 100 professional associations are affiliated, representing over 80,000 translators in 55 countries. The goal of the Federation is to promote professionalism in the disciplines it represents. It seeks constantly to improve conditions for the profession in all countries and to uphold translators' rights and freedom of expression. The FIT Secretariat has been located in Switzerland since October 2010.

Objectives of the Federation

1. to link and bring together existing associations of translators, interpreters and terminologists

2. to encourage and facilitate the formation of such associations in countries where they do not already exist

3. to provide member associations with information about conditions of work, technological tools, initial and ongoing training, and all questions useful to the profession

4. to develop and maintain, among all member associations, good relations that serve the interests of translators

5. to uphold the moral and material rights of translators throughout the world.

6. to promote the recognition of the professions of translator, interpreter and terminologist, enhance the status of translators in society, and promote translation as a science and an art.

Governing Bodies

FIT's supreme body is the statutory congress, which is held every three years. It brings together delegations from the member associations, and it elects the Council, which in turn elects its Executive Committee and directs FIT until the next world congress. The governing bodies are supported by different regional centres, committees and task forces, which report to the Council annually about their activities, and to the congress. The statutory congress is followed by an open congress, which is an outstanding platform for exchanges among all professionals in the translation sector.

Publications and Public Relations

Babel (quarterly) is a scholarly publication presenting articles from all round the world. Translatio is the Federation's information organ, telling members about its activities and those of its committees and member associations.


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