About the College of American Pathologists


Our Mission

The College of American Pathologists (CAP), the leading organization of board-certified pathologists, serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide.

Our History

For 70 years, the CAP has fostered excellence in laboratories and advanced the practice of pathology and laboratory science. As medicine, technology and pathology have evolved since 1946, the CAP has led the way to meet new challenges that result in better patient outcomes. To see how the CAP has been an international leader in medicine, visit our historical timeline. For further details or other information about CAP history please contact the CAP Archives to access our collection of historical records.

Our Vision

People are healthier because of excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine.

Our Strategy

The CAP offers high-value, integrated solutions and experiences that empower CAP members and customers to achieve excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine. Learn more about what the CAP will do to fulfill our mission and vision by the Board of Governors' approved enterprise strategy.

Public Policies

CAP member pathologists may login to access the policies.

Nonmembers may request our policies by either email or by telephone: 800-323-4040 ext. 7538.

Making cap.org Better for You

Read more about how the CAP continues to upgrade its systems to offer you a leading-edge Web experience that is simple, fast, convenient, and secure.

Our Commitment to Patients

Patients count on pathology and laboratory medicine for accurate diagnoses and the consistent quality of their test results. Visit yourpathologist.org to watch pathologists at work and see the stories of the patients who trust them with their care.


Members and customers may contact a CAP employee to provide the services and information you need to ensure quality patient care.

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