Vision and Mission

The vision, mission, values, and guiding principles of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) inform all of our work.


Inspiring a lifetime pursuit of learning to improve child health


Advancing child health by certifying pediatricians who meet standards of excellence and are committed to continuous learning and improvement


  • Consistency: Making unbiased decisions based on published ABP policies
  • Excellence: Striving to do our best work
  • Reliability: Living up to responsibilities and commitment
  • Transparency: Sharing non-confidential information openly

Guiding Principles

Overarching Principle: The “North Star” for the ABP is and will remain the improvement of health outcomes for children, adolescents, and young adults.

  • The ABP is primarily accountable to children, from infants to young adults, and their families as it guides professional self-regulation and certifies pediatricians.
  • ABP certification recognizes pediatricians who meet rigorous standards for competencies essential to improving child health.
  • The ABP supports best practices for the assessments of all core competencies using tools that are fair, valid, reliable, and contribute to lifelong professional development.
  • The ABP prioritizes work that the organization is uniquely positioned to do.
  • The ABP strives to align opportunities for continuing certification with pediatricians’ professional practice.
  • The ABP continually evaluates and improves its work based on changing trends in child health, stakeholder feedback, and advances in knowledge, assessment, technology, and care delivery.
  • The ABP engages in open dialog with pediatricians, patients and families, and other members of the public.
  • The ABP seeks out and respects diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to inform its work.
  • The ABP collaborates with other regulatory bodies, medical organizations, and professional societies to align accreditation and certification across the continuum from training through practice.

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