Mission & History

Mission Statement, Purpose and Values


To protect the public by setting certification standards and providing leadership to promote the value of certified genetic counselors.

Core Purpose

Promote high standards in genetic counseling.

Core Values

  • Integrity
    Fair and objective decisions, transparency in interactions, and accountable stewardship.
  • Responsiveness
    Recognition of, and actions taken based on, emerging needs.
  • Excellence
    Delivering high value to the profession through rigorous evaluation standards.

Number of CGCs: Just over 5,000 ABGC Certified Genetic Counselors (CGC®)

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Our History

ABGC HistoryABGC was incorporated in 1993 following the recognition of the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG, now known as ABMGG-American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics) by the American Board of Medical Specialties, after which ABMG could no longer certify individuals without medical degrees. Certification of genetic counselors began in 1981 with the establishment of ABMG and continued with the establishment of ABGC in 1993.

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Since 1993, ABGC has defined the professional standards of competence for the genetic counseling profession. The number of genetic counselors recognized by ABGC has risen from 495 to more than 5,000, and the number of graduate programs has more than doubled. Certified genetic counselors continue to integrate counseling services into an increasing number of medical specialties, such as oncology, cardiology and psychiatry.

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