ACEP Recognized Certifying Bodies in Emergency Medicine

Revised April 2023, February 2020, June 2014

Reaffirmed April 2014, October 2008, October 2002

Originally approved March 1998


The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recognizes and supports the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) as the sole American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) certifying body for emergency medicine. ACEP also acknowledges and values its special relationship with ABEM, which includes ACEP's role as an original sponsor and founder and continuing sponsor of ABEM, and the opportunity to submit nominations for appointment to the Board of Directors of ABEM.

ACEP recognizes the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine (AOBEM) as the sole certifying body in emergency medicine, under the jurisdiction of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

ACEP recognizes the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) as the sole ABMS certifying body in pediatrics that provides subspecialty certification for pediatricians in the subspecialty of pediatric emergency medicine.

No organizations beyond those already listed in the policy statement are recognized by ACEP as a certifying body for emergency medicine.

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