Mission & History

Mission Statement, Purpose and Values


Establish standards of competence for Certified Genetic Counselors and advance ‎their value as leaders in precision health to safeguard and serve the public.

Core Purpose
Promote high standards in genetic counseling.

Core Values


Fair and objective decisions, transparency in interactions,
and accountable stewardship.


Recognition of, and actions taken based on, emerging needs.


Delivering high value to the profession through rigorous evaluation standards.


Assessments without bias, respect for all voices, and seeking out diverse perspectives.

Number of CGCs: Over 5,600 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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