ABP Updates Privacy Policy

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has updated its Privacy Policy to document the Board’s exam security process and alert residents, fellows, and board-certified pediatricians about how the ABP uses data for exam security purposes.

Dr. Linda Althouse“The ABP is committed to ensuring examination content is secure,” says Linda Althouse, PhD, Vice President for Assessment at the ABP. “Breaches compromise the integrity of the certification process.”

The revised policy states that the ABP might:

  • Combine exam and testing site data with other information that the ABP collects about individuals, including personal information, training information, and survey information;
  • Collect additional information about an individual through interviews, publicly available information, internet searches, or third-party investigators; and
  • Use this information to evaluate whether an individual has potentially cheated on an exam, provided a fraudulent identity at a testing site, colluded with other test-takers, or engaged in other exam-related misconduct.

Beginning in January 2022, residents, fellows, and board-certified pediatricians who apply for an exam, participate in MOCA-Peds, or enroll in Maintenance of Certification (MOC) will be asked to attest to reading and understanding the ABP Privacy Policy and must consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of their personal information as permitted by the ABP Privacy Policy.

For more information, contact the ABP Privacy Office at privacy@abpeds.org or 919-929-0461.