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ABPS Board Certification General Policies

ABPS Board Certification General PoliciesThe American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) is one of the three most prominent nationally recognized multi-specialty certifying entities in North America. We offer a path toward board certification and recertification in 18 different specialties and recognize licensed physicians who have shown, through testing and performance, mastery of their medical fields. Diplomates of the ABPS practice in some of the most prestigious healthcare institutions in the United States. Additionally, ABPS Diplomates are in all 50 states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Canada. As with any recognized physician certifying body, the ABPS has well-established board certification policies.

These polices serve to support our mission, which is to offer the highest standard of physician board certification that meets the health care needs of the public while helping physicians to achieve success in the evolving medical industry. Our policies outline the purposes of our boards of certification and the eligibility requirements for certification through the ABPS.

Additionally, our policies detail the application process for certification and recertification, how our exams are developed and administered, and how certification credentials are verified. Also, addressed in the ABPS guidelines are our exam fees, and fees for certification and recertification, as well as our refund policy. Candidates with questions about test site regulations and exam scoring and reporting can also find answers by consulting our policy guidelines. The same goes for candidates who want more information about the procedures on raising complaints and filing appeals.

ABPS policy also makes accommodations on the basis of religion or disability, and our guidelines address these in great detail. And, finally, credentialers and prospective board certification candidates who seek a clearer understanding of the benefits of ABPS board certification and the code by which our Diplomates strive to adhere to, can find a statement of our values in our Code of Ethics included in our policy guidelines.

Backed by the strongest standards of ethics and integrity in the medical community, the ABPS is dedicated to helping qualified physicians provide the best care possible. For more information about our certification policies, contact the ABPS. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®