The European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters (efsli) represents the interests of sign language interpreters in Europe. It consists of national & regional associations as well as individual and associate members. 


It is an umbrella association whose members are national associations of sign language interpreters and provides a forum where good practices are shared among its members and all interested stakeholders. For this latter purpose, efsli organises its annual conference in different European countries and offers a variety of trainings for interpreters and trainers.

2017 marked the 25thanniversary of efsli. Over the years efsli has brought together national sign language interpreters associations, scholars, researchers, educators, policy makers, Deaf communities, Deaf leaders and professionals working together and facilitating the development of a multilingual and multicultural society.





efsli is committed to constantly advance and enhance the status of the profession of sign language interpreters in the European Union and in whole Europe by promoting initiatives aimed at improving the standards and quality of sign language interpreting services, interpreter education and training. Interpreters contribute, in partnership and allied with Deaf communities, to make all spheres of social life equally accessible to European D/deaf citizens and citizens with D/deafblindness.




The aim of efsli is to promote knowledge and exchange of information and experience in professional Sign Language Interpreting.


According to the efsli Constitution, our objectives are as follows:


a) to encourage and promote deliberation on and mutual exchange of information about the processes involved in interpreting and the requirements for interpreting service delivery in European countries;

b) to encourage and promote scientific and pedagogical initiatives that improve standards of Sign Language Interpreting and Interpreter Education and Training;

c) to provide advice and support to Sign Language Interpreters, Interpreter trainees, Interpreter trainers, and users and providers of Interpreting services;

d) to do all such things that further the aims of efsli.


The above objectives are to be considered crucial for the advancement of high quality professional Sign Language Interpreting and are expected to be reflected in the following additional objectives:

e) to secure and retain official recognition of the profession of Sign language interpreters;

f) to represent the interests of the profession of Sign Language interpreters to appropriate bodies.