Patient Safety Activity

The ABPN patient safety activity requirement began for diplomates who first passed a certification or MOC exam in 2016 and who entered the ABPN C-MOC Program in 2017. Those diplomates whose first block of MOC activities began in 2017 or later are now required to do or have done a patient safety activity within three years prior or three years after entering the C-MOC Program. Diplomates of the ABPN are required to participate in an ABPN-approved patient safety activity to ensure they have adequate knowledge of safety science and principles.

For example:

  • A diplomate who is recertifying in 2019 can complete the patient safety activity within the three years prior to recertifying (2016-2018) OR during their first C-MOC block (2020-2022).
  • A candidate who is taking their initial certification exam in 2019 can complete the patient safety activity within the three years prior to certifying (2016-2018) OR during their first C-MOC block (2020-2022)

Use our wizard to learn options for fulfilling the Patient Safety Activity requirement:

Patient Safety Activity Options Wizard


Choose from ONE of the following options to complete the patient safety activity:

  • A patient safety activity required by an accredited institution (e.g., hospitals, clinics, training programs) OR
  • A patient safety activity listed on the ABPN Approved Products List. Some no-cost or reduced cost ABPN-approved activities on the list are available to members through professional organizations OR
  • A patient safety activity required for state medical licensure

General Information

  • The patient safety activity is a one-time requirement.
  • Diplomates can attest to a patient safety activity in their ABPN Physician Folios account.
  • Institutions are NOT required to get preapproval from ABPN for patient safety activities.
  • The candidate/diplomate must provide documentation of successful completion of the patient safety activity if audited.
  • See your individual ABPN Physician Folios account for more information.

ABPN Approved Products List

Read our MOC Booklet for more information.

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