Translating medical device documentation can be a complex process, but it’s essential to ensure that all the necessary information is communicated correctly. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at medical device translation and shed some light on the critical factors to consider.
While some global companies can get by with English-only materials, more and more regulations require that information come in multiple languages, sometimes including Braille for blind customers. This is particularly true of descriptions and instructions for use. When global marketing takes off, many products will require that information come in multiple languages. For example, a multinational pharmaceutical company may distribute the same medicine in different countries and regions with slightly different directions for use. It might be necessary to supply materials in multiple languages and dialects in some cases.
Proper translation is also important when you reach the international legal system. If litigation occurs and documents need to be reviewed, the translations must also be accurate to be valid in court.
Since medical devices come with complicated instructions and usage requirements, it takes a deep understanding of medicine or engineering to provide an accurate translation that will not give the wrong impression or leave readers scratching their heads. Metalwork and medical devices are an area where accuracy is paramount.
A slip of the tongue in translating technical documentation for metalworking tools and materials, for example, could cost someone their hand. You can expect to be sued if it occurs in material accompanying a device like an artificial hip.
Medical device translation is an essential investment for any company looking to increase its global reach. With the world growing more interconnected every day, it’s vital that you communicate with your customers in their language of choice. Contact us today if you need help determining which languages make sense for your medical devices and how much translating should cost per word or character. We can also provide you with a free quote based on our estimate of the number of words needed for each specific product page. Let us know your requirements, and we will get back to you as soon as possible!