For Credentialers

Revocation or Suspension of Certificate

All certificates issued by the ABAI are subject to revocation or suspension. The ABAI will not suspend or revoke a Diplomate's certification without giving the Diplomate prior notice and an opportunity to be heard and to respond. The ABAI will report any suspension or revocation of certification to its sponsoring societies, the ABMS, and to the appropriate state medical licensing board(s).

The ABAI may, at its discretion, revoke or suspend certification if any of the following criteria apply to the Diplomate:

  1. misstatement of fact in the application for such certificate or otherwise, or to any third party concerning the Diplomate's certification status
  2. unqualified to receive the certificate at the time of issuance, even if the certificate was issued as a result of a mistake on the part of the ABAI
  3. failure to maintain moral, ethical, or professional behavior satisfactory to the ABAI or engages in misconduct that adversely affects professional competence or integrity
  4. failure to satisfy the MOC requirements
  5. A medical license to practice medicine has been revoked, suspended, surrendered, or restricted in any jurisdiction in which the physician practices, holds a license, or has held a license.

If the ABAI Ethics and Professionalism Committee (EPC) exercises its discretion to revoke or suspend a Diplomate's certificate, a certified letter will be sent to the individual stating that his/her certificate has been revoked or suspended. The letter will include copies of the ABAI's Certificate Revocation and Suspension Policy and the ABAI's current Policies and Procedures (PDF) booklet. The letter will set forth the reasons for the suspension or revocation and will advise the individual that he/she has 30 days to appeal his/her loss of Diplomate status in writing to the EPC.