Web pages not requiring login: The ABPN does not collect personally identifiable information from users of those parts of the ABPN’s website that do not require login, except for messages (e.g., emails or other electronic formats) sent to the ABPN. The ABPN retains such messages indefinitely, including the sender’s name, email address and any other information contained and/or imbedded in such messages. The ABPN regards such messages and the information contained therein as confidential and does not use or disclose it without the permission of the sender, except as in accord with the ABPN’s Privacy Statement and/or as necessary for the ABPN to carry out its certification or maintenance of certification processes and programs or to investigate possible violations of the ABPN’s legal rights, rules, policies or procedures. The ABPN also collects, evaluates and holds indefinitely other non-personally identifiable website use information and may use this information in accord with the ABPN’s Privacy Statement. In addition, the ABPN websites may place temporary cookies in the user’s browser during the use of the website.
Web pages requiring login: For those web pages requiring login, the ABPN requires detailed, personally identifiable information from users, which is retained indefinitely. The ABPN may require and/or a user may submit additional information, which is also retained indefinitely. In addition, the ABPN logs actions taken by users, including web pages visited, information entered, time spent on the site, and the IP address of the system which took the action. The ABPN may use all such information in accord with the ABPN’s Privacy Statement.
The ABPN considers the certification status of individuals to be public information and the ABPN will publish and/or make available upon request an individual’s certification status. As such, the ABPN routinely reports and/or discloses, through its website or otherwise, whether an individual is certified or not certified. If an individual was previously certified by the ABPN, but no longer is certified by the ABPN, the dates of former ABPN certification will also be routinely reported and/or disclosed.
The ABPN also routinely provides a diplomate’s certification information and status as well as personal identifying information, including full name, mailing address, email address, social security number, secondary degrees, gender, birth date, telephone number, and facsimile number to the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) which publishes the Official ABMS Directory of Board Certified Medical Specialists and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB).
In addition, the ABPN provides a diplomate’s certification information and status and personal identifying information, including full name, mailing address, email address, ABMS number, ABPN certifications held and the certificate numbers of such certifications, and dates certificates and/or diplomate status were awarded and expire to professional medical societies, associations and other entities and organizations that provide ABPN-accepted educational resources, services and/or products used for the certification and/or maintenance of certification programs.
The ABPN provides residency and fellowship training programs the names of applicants and the performance on any and all of the ABPN’s examinations and/or maintenance of certification components taken at any time.
The ABPN will also, at its discretion, release information contained in an individual’s application for certification or maintenance of certification, individuals’ examination results and examination scores to researchers selected by the ABPN to study the testing and evaluation programs of the ABPN.
The ABPN will disclose pertinent information it possesses about any individual who it determines has violated ABPN rule and/or procedures; engaged in misrepresentation, unprofessional and/or unethical behavior; or whose certification was revoked or determined to be invalid.
The ABPN will disclose all non-privileged, relevant information in its possession in response to a lawful subpoena, court order or an authorized request by a government and/or regulatory entity.
The ABPN will disclose all non-privileged, relevant information about a candidate, applicant and/or Diplomate in its possession upon written authorization from the specific candidate, applicant and/or Diplomate.
Changes to this Privacy Statement:
The ABPN reserves the right to update or change this Privacy Statement at any time. The ABPN will post the current Privacy Statement on this website at this link.
If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Statement, please contact the ABPN at firstname.lastname@example.org.