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Physicians certified in psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, neurology, or neurology with special qualification in child neurology before October 1, 1994 were granted lifetime certificates. Lifetime certificate status is reported as “Certified — Not meeting MOC requirements and not required to do so”.
Participation in the MOC program is not required for diplomates with lifetime certificates. However, credentialing requirements for hospitals, practice groups, and third-party payers may require evidence of continuous certification efforts. In addition, some states are considering the implementation of Maintenance of Licensure Programs, similar to the MOC program.
There are two pathways for Lifetime Certificate holders to voluntarily participate in the MOC program:
Lifetime certificate holders who voluntarily participate in the MOC program and do not pass the MOC examination will retain their lifetime certificate. Lifetime certificate holders who do not participate in MOC will be reported to the ABMS and on the ABPN website as, ‘Certified-not meeting MOC requirements and not required to do so’.
For additional information, see our MOC Booklet.