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Hansem, the First Korean LSP to Obtain ISO 18587 Certification!

Ari the Tiger
LS Div.

ISO 18587:2017: Translation Services — Post-editing of Machine Translation Output — Requirements

Hansem, the first LSP from Korea to receive ISO 17100 certification for international translation service standards, has yet again been the first in Korea to obtain another ISO certification! The newly added standard is ISO 18587:2017: Translation Services — Post-editing of Machine Translation Output — Requirements.

Today, with the rise of machine translation (MT) and neural network translation (NMT) incorporating artificial intelligence technology, the localization industry is facing a new wave of changes.

Since acquiring our ISO 17100 certification in 2014, Hansem has been providing high-quality translation services based on international standards. On April 29, 2020, Hansem acquired ISO 18587: 2017 certification, the international translation standard for Machine Translation Post-Editing (MTPE), a new service area in response to the increasing demand for machine translation in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

In line with the global trend of implementing MT systems to process massive amounts of translated materials within impractical deadlines, the translation industry is now facing the challenge of improving translation productivity through MT systems, translating within tight turnaround times, and handling massive amounts of data within a limited budget.

However, at this point, it is difficult to commercialize MT results with their current quality, so machine translation post-editing (MTPE) needs to be conducted by a human editor/language expert as a supplementary step.

In order to secure expertise in this new service area, which is based on international standards in line with the current trend of machine and human collaboration, linguists and project managers at Hansem completed the MTPE program conducted by the Translation Automation User Society (TAUS) in 2017 and acquired certifications.

TAUS MTPE Certifications of our Project Managers and Linguists

Hansem did not stop here, and on April 29, 2020, we participated in the “ISO 18587: 2017 Certification” audit.

ISO 18587 is an international standard that provides a standardized method for work processes to be followed by translation service providers (TSP) providing MTPE services, the recruitment and management of post editors, and the quality control of MTPE output.

The certification audit conducted on April 29, 2020, despite being the first certification audit, was conducted remotely rather than in person due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The ISO 18587: 2017 certification audit carefully examined the following items:

< ISO 18587 Examination Items >

Hansem successfully passed this rigorous review of our overall processes and post editor resource recruitment and management systems without receiving any additional recommendations.

ISO 18587 & 17100 Certificate

As mentioned previously, Hansem is providing high-quality translation services based on ISO 17100 certification in addition to the ISO 18587 certification. By obtaining these two important certifications, we have been able to improve both our quality and service!

In the future, we look forward to using our expertise to continue growing as a leading TSP in the field of MTPE service, not only in Korea but also in the world!

About Hansem Global

Hansem Global is an ISO Certified and globally recognized language service provider. Since 1990, Hansem Global has been a leading language service company in Asia and helping the world’s top companies to excel in the global marketplace. Thanks to the local production centers in Asia along with a solid global language network, Hansem Global offers a full list of major languages in the world. Contact us for your language needs!