American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion
Established in 1975, The American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion is a professional credentialing body which aspires to provide exemplary, responsible, and ethical leadership in all of its endeavors. The primary purpose is protection of the public through the establishment and maintenance of standards in the field of cardiovascular perfusion.
The American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion will strive to develop and maintain quality standards in cardiovascular perfusion that promote safety and protection of the public. These standards will include the attainment and enhancement of knowledge, skills, and ethical professional conduct of Certified Clinical Perfusionists by supporting preservice and inservice education. This support will emanate from the design, implementation, and administration of the credentialing process. Additionally, this support will include stimulation of innovative educational activities and promotion of ethical professional development.
The primary purpose of the ABCP, and therefore its most essential function, is protection of the public through the establishment and maintenance of standards in the field of cardiovascular perfusion. To achieve this objective, the ABCP has established qualifications for examination and procedures for recertification. Its requirements and procedures are reviewed and modified periodically as necessary. Certification in cardiovascular perfusion is evidence that perfusionists’ qualifications for operation of extracorporeal equipment are recognized by their peers. It is not intended to define requirements for employment, to gain special recognition or privileges, to define the scope of extracorporeal circulation, or to state who may not engage in cardiovascular perfusion. Certification of clinical perfusionists does not relieve an employer from determining the professional responsibilities of cardiovascular perfusionists in their specific clinical setting.
The ABCP will report the status of a perfusionist as certified, not certified, or has made application and has been accepted for examination.