The National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (NBPME) is a nonprofit corporation established in Missouri in 1956. NBPME became a New Jersey Corporation in 1978. The mission of the corporation is to develop and administer examinations of such high quality that the various legal agencies governing the practice of podiatric medicine may choose to license those who have successfully completed such examinations for practice in their jurisdictions without further examination. Furthermore, the corporation may, at its discretion, develop examinations of the same caliber to meet the various needs of groups within the profession.
The National Board organization consists of thirteen members: two members nominated by the Federation of Podiatric Medical Boards, an educator at one of the Colleges of Podiatric Medicine, one member who has had professional experience in statistics and test development, one member representing the consuming public, three individuals from state licensing boards, a podiatric physician currently in practice, four individuals with experience: on the Council on Podiatric Medical Education, on the Council of Teaching Hospitals, as a member of a Specialty Board and as a Director of a Podiatric Medical Residency Program. A member of the Board of Trustees of the American Podiatric Medical Association, a representative from the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine and a representative from the American Podiatric Medical Students Association each serve in a liaison capacity with the Board.