MOC Gen Continuous Certification

Maintenance of Certification

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Continuous Certification

MOC Public Reporting   

In August, 2012, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) began reporting on its public website,, whether or not each physician certified by the 24 ABMS Member Boards is participating in Maintenance of Certification (MOC) for each certificate held. A more detailed online verification database is also available on the ABR website.


Continuous Certification

Continuous Certification also was implemented in 2012, meaning that all new and maintained certificates moved to a new status verification model. Certificates do not display an end date but state that ongoing certification is contingent on meeting MOC requirements.

The Continuous Certification method uses an annual review in March to evaluate all four MOC parts and fees and render MOC participation status. This review includes a yearly check of licensure; a rolling three-year check of CME, SA-CME, and PQI project/activity completion; and a rolling check of exam status. For more information, see MOC Participation and Attestation Guidelines.

Lifetime certificate holders are not required to participate in Continuous Certification. However, if they choose to do so, they will NOT relinquish their original lifetime certification and will be listed as “meeting the requirements” of MOC as soon as they enroll and complete their first MOC attestation.

Continuous Certification’s advantages include:

  • Two or more time-limited certificates are synchronized into one MOC cycle.
  • The number of CME and self-assessment CME (SA-CME) credits that can be counted per year is unlimited.
  • A built-in “catch-up” period of one year allows diplomates time to make up requirements while still being classified as certified.
  • The ABR will send automatic reminders to help participants avoid procrastination and the stress of trying to meet 10 years’ worth of requirements in a very short period of time.
  • A personalized letter of MOC participation may be downloaded or sent via email from myABR at any time.