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Mission Statement

Mission, Values, Vision and Guiding Principles

The Mission, Values, Vision, and Guiding Principles of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) inform all of our work. While our Mission, Values, and Vision are enduring, we acknowledge that our Guiding Principles must change to remain relevant as the world changes. We share our 2015-2020 Guiding Principles to enable others to know the fundamental beliefs that will steer our course over the next five years. The “North Star” for the ABP is and will remain the improvement of health outcomes for children, adolescents, and young adults (hereafter, “children”).


The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) certifies general pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists based on standards of excellence that lead to high quality health care during infancy, childhood, adolescence, and the transition into adulthood. The ABP certification provides assurance to the public that a general pediatrician or pediatric subspecialist has successfully completed accredited training and fulfills the continuous evaluation requirements that encompass the six core competencies: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice. The ABP’s quest for excellence is evidenced in its rigorous evaluation process and in new initiatives undertaken that not only continually improve the standards of its certification but also advance the science, education, study, and practice of pediatrics.


  • Accountability to the public
  • Fairness and excellent service
  • Communication and transparency
  • Continuous quality improvement


The “North Star” for the ABP is and will remain the improvement of health outcomes for children, adolescents, and young adults (hereafter, “children”).

Guiding Principles

  • The ABP is primarily accountable to the children and families that we serve.
  • The ABP is also accountable to the public, including insurers, consumer groups, payers, and credentialers.
  • To promote professional self-regulation and empower pediatricians to continually improve child health outcomes, the ABP has a responsibility to diplomates to utilize assessments that are fair, valid, reliable, and contribute to their lifelong professional development.
  • The ABP acknowledges the importance of the varied professional roles that pediatricians play in improving the health care of children and strives to align assessments with professional activities.
  • The ABP sets standards for key elements of accredited training based on health needs of populations served, recognizing the value added by the interdependence of the relationship between certification and accreditation.
  • The ABP balances assessment strategies to embrace both assessment “of” and “for” learning across the professional life of the diplomate.
  • The ABP is committed to the assessment of all core competencies.
  • The leadership of ABP invites open dialog and communication with the public, our diplomates, other organizations, and stakeholders.
  • The ABP’s strong belief in improvement leads us to continually evaluate and improve our policies, programs, and processes.
  • The ABP priorities focus on work that our organization is uniquely positioned to do.
  • The ABP joins forces with other organizations and parent groups that align with our mission, each bringing its unique perspective but harmonizing our voices to advocate for enhanced quality in pediatric care.