History and Mission

Our Mission

The Mission of the American Board of Clinical Lipidology (ABCL) is to reduce morbidity and mortality from dyslipidemia and related diseases by certifying and evaluating knowledge and training in Clinical Lipidology.

Who We Are

The concept of a certification program for Clinical Lipidologists was spearheaded by the National Lipid Association (NLA) to provide an opportunity for professional development and formal recognition of the specialized expertise of physicians focused on lipid management. The American Board of Clinical Lipidology (ABCL) was incorporated as an independent organization in 2003 to develop and administer the certification examination. 

Although the ABCL is a self-governing and separate entity from the NLA,
the two organizations work collaboratively to ensure there are adequate educational and professional development opportunities for Clinical Lipidologists. These opportunities help candidates and Diplomates meet the prerequisites of the ABCL certifying and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements. 

The ABCL standards and procedures for initial certification and MOC have been established by, and are implemented through, the ABCL Board of Directors.