Admissibility Policy


Advertising Policy & Requirements


Dispute Resolution and Appeals Policy


Code of Ethics


Conflict of Interest Policy


Discipline Policy


Examination of Candidates with Disabilities Policy


Policy for Physicians with Special Circumstances

  • Applicable to diplomates who are not in active practice but want to continue certification


Privacy Policy

  • The ABPS adheres to the Privacy Shield Principles set forth by the US Dept of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information.  


Re-entry to Surgical Practice

  • Guidelines for diplomates after a significant leave of absence


2022-2023 Booklet of Information - applies to residents & 2023 Written & Oral Exam candidates

2021-2022 Booklet of Information - applies to residents & 2022 Written & Oral Exam candidates


  • It is the Board's prerogative to determine the professional, ethical, moral, physical, and mental fitness of any candidate for certification.
  • The Board will consider opinions expressed concerning an individual's credentials only if they are in writing and signed.
  • The Board meets semi-annually to review special considerations.  
  • It is the policy of the Board to maintain its autonomy and independence from political and economical considerations that might affect plastic surgery.
  • The Board is organized under the laws of the state of Illinois for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes. No part of its net earnings shall inure to the benefit of any private member, director, officer, or other individual, nor shall the Board ever declare or make to any such persons any dividend or other distribution. Nothing herein, however, shall prevent the payment of reasonable compensation for services rendered or the reimbursement of reasonable expenses incurred in connection with the Board's affairs.