Upon approval of the application and the candidate's successful
completion of the examination and completion of the Clinical
Experience Requirements, the Board will grant a certificate
to the effect that the candidate has met the requirements of
the Board. The recipient of a certificate will be known as a
Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture (DABMA)
and may use such title or initials in his/her professional name.
All certificates issued are time-limited, expiring
on June 30th of the tenth year following the date issued. Re-certification
procedures are described briefly in the following section.
A certificate granted by the ABMA does not of itself
confer or purport to confer any degree or legal qualifications,
privileges or license to practice medical acupuncture. The ABMA
does not limit or interfere with the professional activity of any
duly licensed physician who is not certified by this Board. Privileges
granted physicians in the practice of medical acupuncture in any
hospital or clinic are the prerogatives of that hospital or clinic,
not of this Board.
The names of Diplomates of the American Board of
Medical Acupuncture appear in the Official Roster of Diplomates
of the ABMA available from the Board office and on the Academy website
at www.medicalacupuncture.org [need to revise to list on the ABMA
Revocation of Certification
A Certificate issued by the Board is issued with the understanding
that it remains the property of the Board, and, upon request,
must be returned to the Board. Any certificate issued by the
Board shall be subject to revocation at any time if the Board
determines, in its sole judgment, that the Diplomate holding
the certificate was in some respect not properly qualified
to receive or retain it.
Reasons for Revocation
The ABMA may at is sole discretion revoke a certificate for due
cause, including, but not limited to, the following:
- The Diplomate made any material misstatement
or omission to the Board.
- The Diplomate did not possess the necessary
qualifications and requirements to receive the certificate at
the time it was issued, whether or not the Board knew of such
- The Diplomate engaged in irregular behavior
in connection with an examination of the ABMA, whether or not
such practice had an effect on the performance of the candidate
on that examination.
- The Diplomate engaged in conduct that violated
the moral or ethical standards of medical practice accepted by
organized medicine in the locality where the Diplomate is practicing,
resulting in revocation, suspension, qualification or other limitation
of his or her license to practice medicine, or the expulsion,
suspension, disqualification or other limitation from membership
in a local, regional, national or other organization of his or
her professional peers.
- The Diplomate's license to practice medicine
has been revoked, suspended, qualified or limited in any jurisdiction.
Certificates issued by the ABMA expire on June 30th of the tenth
year following the date of issuance. To maintain certification beyond
the 10-year period, Diplomates must participate in the re-certification
To participate in the re-certification program,
a Diplomate must:
- Hold a current, valid, unrestricted license
to practice medicine or osteopathy in a United States licensing
jurisdiction or licensure in Canada.
- Pay an annual $50 maintenance fee.
- Provide evidence of a total of 150 hours of
continuing acupuncture education over the ten year period, reported
- Successfully complete a re-certification examination.
Enrollment in the re-certification program is automatic
for all Diplomates. Failure to pay the annual fee or failure to
report continuing education credits earned for three or more years
is considered nonparticipation. Non-participants will be advised
when their certificates expire. Delayed participation in the re-certification
process may require completion of the requirements for initial certification
in order to re-establish certification. Therefore, Diplomates are
advised to monitor their participation carefully.
For additional information about the American Board of Medical Acupuncture,
board certification requirements and procedures, or a Board Certification
Application, please contact the ABMA Executive Office at the following
American Board of Medical Acupuncture
1970 E. Grand Ave., Suite 330
El Segundo, CA 90245