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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

All 2020 and 2021 certifications will be automatically extended through December 31, 2022. See the full announcement below. 

The ABPN has been actively monitoring the events and circumstances surrounding the spread of COVID-19 and the impact on our candidates, diplomates, and volunteers. We will provide regular updates on ABPN activities below so check back often.

Please follow the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the most up-to-date information on the virus.

For additional COVID-related information for psychiatrists and neurologists, see our COVID-19 Resources for Psychiatrists and Neurologists page.

May 18, 2021 (updated May 20, 2021)

ABPN Grants Allow Diplomates Complimentary Access to both CME and Self-Assessment Credits and Specialty Specific Patient Registries
Again in 2021, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the ABPN have collaborated, through an unrestricted educational grant from the ABPN, to provide diplomates with complimentary programming to satisfy ABPN Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Self-Assessment CME activity requirements and provide access to a patient registry.

  • Later in 2021, APA will provide access to 10 select sessions from the APA Annual Meeting, including an ABPN CC/MOC program update by ABPN Psychiatry Directors, Drs. Joan Anzia and Robert Boland. Sessions will be accessible in the APA Learning Center at
  • The 2021 APA Annual Meeting Self-Assessment in Psychiatry is available through July 3, 2021. Click here to learn more.
  • CME credit and access to select articles included in ABPN’s MOC Part III journal-based pilot project is also available. Click here to learn more.
  • The APA is offering access to PsychPRO, a qualified clinical data registry for all behavioral mental health providers. At this time, registration is complimentary for ABPN diplomates who are also APA members. Non-APA members are welcome to join at the physician rate.

The ABPN will also collaborate again in 2021 with the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), through a grant from the ABPN, to provide diplomates with complimentary access to AAN programming.

  • The AAN will offer non-member ABPN diplomates free access to the latest edition of NeuroSAE (14th Edition).
  • The AAN will provide to all AAN members and non-AAN member ABPN diplomates free access to the 2020 Fall Conference on Demand. The curriculum for the Conference is built on preparation for the ABPN Continuing Certification/MOC exam. Access will be available starting June 7th.
  • Current AAN members will receive a separate email from the AAN with additional details. AAN members should log in to the Online Learning Center with their AAN ID or associated email address to access education programs. ABPN diplomates who are not members of the Academy can also gain access to this programming. Click here to learn more.
  • AAN’s Axon Registry® is a neurology-specific patient registry that collects, reports, and analyzes real-world Electronic Health Record (EHR) data. The AAN is enrolling practices in the Axon Registry. Visit the AAN website to learn more.

By participating in PsychPRO or the Axon Registry, ABPN diplomates may meet their PIP Clinical Module activity requirement and waive eight credits for Self-Assessment CME.

For more information on ABPN Self-Assessment credit or PIP Clinical Module credit from an approved registry, please visit our website.

April 27, 2021 (updated from September 17, 2020 announcement)

Educational Grants Allow Diplomates Access to CME Resources from Select Professional Societies
The ABPN is pleased to announce that all ABPN diplomates, regardless of areas of subspecialty certification or society membership, will now have access to additional self-assessment and CME options from select professional societies at either typical member pricing or at no cost.

Through unrestricted educational grants from the ABPN, the following societies have posted or will post additional information on how diplomates can access these activities in order to earn additional credits. Diplomates can also visit the individual society website directly.

If needed for access to the self-assessment and CME options listed below, diplomates can find their certificate number within the ABPN verifyCERT® database system.

Please continue to check this page periodically for updates and links to additional options.

Professional society Status Link to more information
Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (ACLP) ABPN diplomates can register for CLP 2020 — November 12-13, 2020  — at ACLP member rates

Link to Annual Meeting registration

ABPN diplomates must use the promo code DIPLOMATE2020 during registration. CME credit available until May 13, 2021.

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) ABPN diplomates pay discounted rate for AAAP self-assessment CME activities

Link to more information

Link to AAAP website

American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) ABPN diplomates can register for educational offerings at the member rate

Link to AAPL website

Link to Upcoming Events page

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) CME/CE Educational Webinar Series offered to physicians and other medical professionals

Link to online CME webpage on the AAGP website

CME credit available up to one year from the original broadcast date of each webinar.

American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) Members and nonmembers pay the same fee for the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting content CME credit no longer available
American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS) ABPN diplomates can register for the 2021 ACNS Annual Meeting and Courses at the member rate CME credit no longer available
American Epilepsy Society (AES) ABPN diplomates who are not AES members are eligible to register at AES member rates for the AES2020 on demand content, available through March 8, 2021. CME credit no longer available
Child Neurology Society (CNS) ABPN board certified neurologists who are not CNS or ICNA members are eligible to register at CNS Active Member rates for the 2020 Virtual CNS-ICNA Conjoint Meeting, October 13-23, 2020 CME credit no longer available
Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) Complimentary access to NCS Virtual Annual Meeting for ABPN diplomates Link to more information

March 15, 2021

ABPN Extends Continuing Certification Requirement Deadlines to 2022
Effective immediately, the ABPN will extend all the deadlines of all current 2020 and 2021 Continuing Certification Program examination and activity requirements until December 31, 2022.

See our announcement for more information.

December 16, 2020

December 7, 2020

ABPN Extends Board Eligibility Policy and Virtual Clinical Skills Evaluations Through June 30, 2021
Due to the recent surge in new Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, which has placed additional burden on the already stressed health care system, ABPN has decided to extend its current board eligibility policy through June 30, 2021. Program Directors can be assured that the Board will continue to follow their lead with respect to whether or not a particular resident has completed the specific training needed for graduation. The ABPN will continue to be flexible with respect to senior residents as long as the Program Director agrees.

In addition, through June 30, 2021, the ABPN will continue to accept virtual CSEs completed via a remote conferencing platform such as Zoom for all psychiatry and neurology residents as part of the credentialing requirements to sit for an ABPN initial certification exam.

Programs can enter resident information, including CSEs, into the ABPN preCERT® Credentialing System. We ask that Program Directors please use the preCERT notes section to designate virtual CSEs.

See the original board eligibility and virtual clinical skills evaluations announcements for more information. If you have additional questions, please contact our credentials department at

November 2, 2020 (updated from April 16, 2020 announcement)

August 11, 2020

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June 11, 2020 (updated June 24, 2020)

May 13, 2020

April 16, 2020

April 13, 2020

ABPN Announces Flexibility with Continuing Certification Requirements for our Diplomates
The ABPN is announcing additional support for our diplomates during this difficult time. Effective immediately, the Continuing Certification requirements have been updated to add more flexibility to the Continuing Certification (CC)/MOC Program. ABPN will provide the following options if a diplomate is unable to sit for their scheduled Continuing Certification (CC)/MOC exam in 2020 or complete CC/MOC activity requirements in 2020 due to the current healthcare crisis:

  • For diplomates whose specialty or subspecialty certificates would have expired in 2020, we will defer the 2020 Continuing Certification(CC)/MOC exam requirement for one year until December 31, 2021. Therefore, certificates expiring in 2020 will be extended to the end of 2021. This extension does not include certificates that lapsed prior to February 1, 2020.
  • For diplomates enrolled in the Pilot Project and scheduled to complete all article assessments in 2020, we will extend their article assessment completion date to December 15, 2021.
  • For diplomates currently in the CC Program, we will not change a certification status negatively even if there are insufficient or incomplete activities (CME, Self-Assessment or PIP) recorded in Physician Folios at the end of 2020. Incomplete CC Program activities will be deferred until the end of 2021.

For those diplomates who have certificates expiring in 2020:

  • As of now, we still plan on offering ABPN examinations this year. Diplomates with certificates expiring in 2020 are not required to take a deferment and may still choose to sit for the CC/MOC exam or complete the Pilot article assessments this year.
  • You will be contacted by the ABPN about next steps on how to elect for a deferment, if needed:
    • Before May 1, 2020 (for approved subspecialty CC/MOC exam applicants) and
    • Before June 1, 2020 (for primary specialty CC/MOC exam applicants)

We want to reassure our diplomates that their certification status will not be negatively impacted by this healthcare crisis. The ABPN remains committed to supporting you and thanks you for all that you do to care for your patients and for each other.

April 2, 2020 Announcements

March 27, 2020 Announcements

March 18, 2020

From ABPN President and CEO Larry Faulkner, MD
ABPN senior leadership has been actively monitoring the events and circumstances surrounding the spread of COVID-19 and the impact on our candidates, diplomates, and volunteers. After several large medical institutions announced domestic travel bans and acknowledging the uncertainty of an evolving level of public concern, extremely difficult decisions had to be made that resulted in the postponement and cancellation of some planned events.

We appreciate your patience during this chaotic time. We will continue to carefully evaluate the situation as it evolves.

As of today:

      1. We have cancelled all in-house meetings until at least the end of 2020 and are preparing to conduct those meetings by conference calls and webinars. (updated August 4, 2020)
      2. We have decided to reschedule our Crucial Issues Forum on Supporting and Promoting Women in Academic Psychiatry and Neurology to 2021.
      3. We have cancelled all travel to off-site meetings through the end of 2020 and will participate in crucial activities through conference calls and webinars. (updated August 4, 2020)
      4. We have arranged for our staff to work from home. We ask that all questions you may have be directed to  An ABPN representative will get back to you within one business day.
      5. We have prepared communications to candidates and diplomates reassuring them that they will not be penalized for any delays or cancellations that take place for the Spring Continuing Certification examinations.
      6. We have posted a notice to Program Directors and Program Administrators regarding board eligibility and COVID-19.

We want everyone to be aware that their certification status will not be negatively impacted by this healthcare crisis.  We will continue to post updates on this page.

We are committed to supporting you during these challenging times and thank you for all that you do to care for your patients and for each other.


Larry R. Faulkner, MD
President and CEO