Quality Assurance for the Life Science Industries

Quality in translation is extremely important, but within the life science industries, incorrect translations can be life-threatening
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Quality assurance is a complex process
At CSOFT, we advise and recommend our customers do a risk analysis of each project before moving to production. We use industry-standard processes, however, we also offer flexibility for each customer to allow for their companies’ success, no matter the process.

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Quality Assurance

High-quality translation is extremely important in the life sciences, and inaccurate translation along the way can not only result in wasted time, money, and effort, but also affect patients’ lives. CSOFT understands the importance of accurate translation, which is why we have developed a process for quality assurance specific to the life sciences, which includes linguistic validation, to ensure that any project meets quality standards in a timely and cost effective manner. To do so, we use in-country linguists with a minimum of 7 years of experience, combined with our extensive network of subject matter experts and advanced language technology. In addition, we have perfected our localization best practices through back translation and terminology management to help you reach patients globally, in over 250 languages. To further ensure the highest-quality technical translation solutions, CSOFT’s proven expertise is backed by our ISO 17100:2015,ISO 9001:2015, and ISO 13485:2016 certified quality management system.

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Data Security

CSOFT has meticulously documented and fully traceable information security policies, checklists, and quality records. We understand the importance of security to our clients, which is why we take the upmost care in protecting patients’ confidentiality, as well as businesses’ data. All our data and security processes are certified with ISO 13485:2016, ISO 9001:2015, and  ISO 17100:2015, and leverage best practices from ISO 27001.

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CSOFT has created actionable metrics designed specifically for the life sciences to measure translation quality.

These metrics provide our clients with a mechanism to verify translation quality and compliance with established industry standards. To learn more about how to ensure life science quality translations, click here or contact us today!

There is no one true way to ensure translation quality throughout the localization process but there are general “rules of thumb” that can be applied to help you on your way to producing a good quality translation.

Using In-Country Reviewers
The in–country review step is a crucial one in the translation process. Having the translation reviewed by people that speak the target language throughout the process can also help to identify and eradicate these mistakes while the project is still ongoing. This is what CSOFT as a translation vendor is more than happy to provide which will save you time in the long run.
Providing Previous Translations and Style Guides
Often companies have a very specific way of wanting their material to be formatted or certain translations done for particular phrases but they don’t let the translation company know.

This can result in translations being inconsistent in relation to previous translations so that on a website, for example, there might be a differing translation for a term that appears on multiple pages across the site.

Even more common, though, is translation companies misunderstanding the required style in which a company wants the translation to be in. Through simple communication, however, and a company’s style guide being provided prior to the translation, this situation can be avoided, leaving both parties happy.

CSOFT works with companies to leverage previous style guides or will work with your enterprise to create one.

Using Language Service Providers (LSPs) with the Correct Certifications
There are various different certifications that translation companies can obtain in order to ensure that they consistently deliver translation quality. By choosing an LSP that has the correct certifications, you can greatly reduce the risk of ending up with a low-quality translation.

One such certification, the ISO 9001 for example, is the world’s most widely recognized international quality management standard. So, if an LSP is ISO 9001:2015 certified, you can be sure that they will deliver quality to the highest standard. When it comes to translating medical documentation, there are also certifications that relate to each specific field.

So, if you wanted to translate documentation relating to medical devices, for example, you should look out for an LSP that is ISO 13485:2016 certified.

Providing Previous Translations and Style Guides
Translation jobs, by their nature, often take place across multiple time zones and cultures. This can sometimes lead to confusion or issues arising during the translation process.

By assigning one point of contact to the LSP, and communicating regularly with your LSP’s contact that has been assigned to you, you can vastly reduce the chance of problems occurring throughout the process.

It is also important to work towards a long-term relationship with your provider and singular points of contact often result in this. The more familiar the LSP becomes with your style of content, the more consistent and culturally accurate the translations will be.

While these rules for improving translation quality are crucial, choosing the right language service provider to begin with will set you well on your way. Here at CSOFT, we specialize in medical device, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and clinical research translations and are fully ISO certified.