Below is a list of frequently asked questions that RID receives regarding ethical concerns, the Ethical Practices System (EPS) and the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at or 571-384-5849 (VP).

1. What do I do if I have an ethical dilemma?

If you have questions regarding an ethical dilemma, first consult the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct and the RID Standard Practice Papers. While RID Headquarters staff and/or the Ethics Committee may not be able to resolve ethical questions directly, they can provide you with materials which may assist you or refer you to individuals or agencies who may be able to advise you. We ask that you be open to communicating with a mentor or trusted colleague.

2. What do I do if I’ve been subpoenaed to testify about something I interpreted? How does Tenet 1 (Confidentiality) apply to this situation?

These resources address subpoenas and testifying in court:

3. If I believe an interpreter violated the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct, how long do I have to file a complaint?

A complaint must be received by RID Headquarters within 90 days of the alleged violation.

4. If I file an ethics complaint, how long will the process take?

RID recognizes the importance of a timely resolution to ethical questions while at the same time affirming the need for the careful analysis and the detailed review of each case.  Based on past experience and because each complaint requires individual attention, it takes an average of 7-8 months from the time a complaint is filed until a resolution is determined.

5.  What if the interpreter is not a member of RID?

If an interpreter is not a member of RID, you cannot file a complaint against him/her through RID’s EPS. You may want to discuss the problem with the interpreter, and if that is not successful, consider talking to the employing entity that contracted or arranged for the interpreting service.

6. What if I need to file a complaint against an interpreting service agency?

The jurisdiction of the RID EPS covers individual interpreters who are required to adhere to the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct (CPC) while in