Translation Associations Global: IMIA

The oldest and largest medical interpreter association in the US

Translation Associations Global: IMIAFounded in 1986, the International Medical Interpreters Association is a US-based international organization committed to the advancement of professional medical interpreters as the best practice to equitable language access to health care for linguistically diverse patients. 

This translation association is the oldest and largest medical interpreter association in the country and has over 2.000 members, most providing interpreting services in over 70 languages. Over the years, it has become the standard-setting organization for the profession of medical interpreters.

Because IMIA represents experts in medical interpreting, membership is open to those interested in medical interpreting and language access.

If you are a policy maker or a health care administrator, know that this organizations are also welcome to join this association as associate members.

IMIA engages in the several activities, such as defining educational requirements and qualifications for medical interpreters; establishing professional standards of practice and norms of medical interpretation; and promoting the establishment of professional interpretation and translation services by medical institutions and related agencies.

A part from these activities, this association acts as a clearinghouse for the collection and dissemination of information about medical interpretation-translation and related issues and promotes research into issues of cross-cultural communication in the healthcare setting.


The International Medical Interpreters Association publishes and promotes periodicals, bulletins, notices, glossaries, dictionaries, reports, and any other publications that may further its objectives.

IMIA also holds conferences, symposiums and stakeholder meetings and works actively with universities, foundations, government agencies, and other organizations in such matters as the training and continuing education of interpreters and translators.

Its headquarters are in Washington D.C., but you can contact the association at any time to pose questions about the IMIA or about medical interpreting in general using the email address

Membership benefits

As an IMIA member, you would have many benefits and be linked to local, state, national, and international efforts to advocate for the right of linguistically diverse patients to a competent medical interpreter.

Plus, the IMIA "family" is said to be a community of empowerment, where medical interpreters are respected as professionals and as the experts in medical interpreting.

On the association website you can check for yourself the vast amount of educational programs the IMIA is engaged in and check out the newt events being organized.

On the same site, there's also a directory of resources available to members. You can also see the countries where IMIA is present divided by chapters and all the association's divisions and committees.

To join this translation association, you need to apply to membership on IMIA's website.

There are four classes of membership in the IMIA: active member (for medical interpreters currently engaged in the delivery of interpreting services in a healthcare setting), associate member  (individuals other than medical interpreters, such as interpreter trainers, employers, or students, who support the mission of the organization), corporate member (all health care facilities and other organizations or corporations) and honorary member (individuals who have received unanimous approval of the Executive Board in recognition of outstanding contributions to the IMIA's mission).

Keep in mind that annual individual membership fees are $60 for one year, $100 for two years, or $140 for three years.


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