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History and Mission

The concept of a certification program for Clinical Lipidologists was spearheaded by the National Lipid Association to provide opportunities for professional development and formal recognition of the specialized expertise of health care professionals 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 now a self-governing and separate entity from the NLA, the two organizations work collaboratively to ensure that there are adequate educational and professional development opportunities for Clinical Lipidologists to help them meet the prerequisites of the ABCL certifying examination.

The clinical practice of Lipidology refers to the delivery of direct patient care on a substantial basis. Chart review, basic research, administration, and other non-clinical activities are not considered direct involvement in the delivery of patient care.

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