The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. (ABPN), first recognized forensic psychiatry as an area of subspecialization in 1992 with the establishment of a Committee on Certification of Added Qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry.
The first examination for Added Qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry was given in 1994. Prior to that time, certification in forensic psychiatry was provided by other organizations, such as the American Board of Forensic Psychiatry, which were unrelated to the American Board of Medical Specialties. With the commencement of the ABPN Added Qualifications, the American Board of Forensic Psychiatry ceased conducting examinations. From the beginning, it was understood that an ABPN Certificate for Added Qualifications in forensic psychiatry would be valid for ten years, and that no one would receive Added Qualifications through a grandfathering mechanism.
In February, 1997, the name of the certification was changed from "Added Qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry" to "Certification in the Subspecialty of Forensic Psychiatry."
The 1999 examination was the last one which did not require that the applicant had completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry. Beginning in 2001, completion of an accredited fellowship was required. The first recertification examination was given in 2004.
Examination ScheduleSee details of the ABPN examination schedule on the ABPN website.
The goal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law’s Forensic Psychiatry Self-Assessment Examination is to provide information and feedback on individual competence and performance in current best practices in forensic psychiatry, as well as comparison to peers.