The American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology (ABMLI) certifies doctoral-level immunologists seeking to direct laboratories engaged in the practice of medical laboratory immunology. ABMLI certification is recognized by federal and state governmental agencies as a significant component toward meeting licensure requirements to direct laboratories engaged in the microbiological diagnosis of human disease. It is recognized under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 final rule and in the 11 states that require licensure: Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and West Virginia. 

Once certified, the ABMLI requires its Diplomates to recertify every three years.

The American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology (ABMLI) is pleased to welcome five newly certified Diplomates in October 2017.

UPDATE: The ABMLI will phase out its certification exam; the last exam will be offered in August 2017. The final application deadline was June 1, 2016. Applications are no longer accepted. The ABMLI will continue to serve its Diplomates through recertification, maintaining an active roll of Diplomates and verification of certification status.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has confirmed that it will continue to recognize ABMLI certification as a personnel requirement for high-complexity laboratory directors even though the exam will no longer be offered. Learn more about the phase out. 


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The ABMLI requires its certified individuals, Diplomates, to recertify every three years. Diplomates need to complete an application form and must accumulate 150 contact hours of continuing education over three years. The recertification fee is $300 for ASM contributing and premium members and $375 for ASM supporting and non-members. The deadline is January 31. 

For applications not postmarked by January 31, a late fee of $300 for ASM contributing and premium members and $375 for ASM supporting and non-members will be applied.    


Certification Verifications

How do I verify ABMLI Diplomates?

If you are interested in verifying the certification of an ABMLI Diplomate, email your request to with an authorization of release form signed by the Diplomate.


Contact Us

The ABMLI is prepared to assist you in applying for Board certification. Questions or comments about the ABMLI are welcome and may be directed to the ABMLI at the following address:

Nicole Jackson
American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology
American Society for Microbiology
1752 N Street, N.W. 
Washington, DC 20036-2904
Telephone: (202) 942-9257
Fax: (202) 942-9353


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