Recertification Procedures

Certificates issued by the ABMA expire on June 30th of the tenth year following the date of issuance. To maintain certification, Diplomates must apply for re-certification no later than 60 days prior to expiration.

To participate in the re-certification program, a Diplomate must:

  1. Document possession of a current, valid, unrestricted license to practice medicine or osteopathy in a United States licensing jurisdiction or licensure in Canada.
  2. Submit payment of $250 application fee.
  3. Provide an Affidavit attesting to having accumulated a total of 150 hours of continuing acupuncture education over the preceding ten year period.
  4. Submit two written case reports from the Diplomate’s own clinical acupuncture case experience which will assist the Board in evaluating the candidate’s continued proficiency in acupuncture medicine.

Application for re-certification along with required documentation and fees must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the expiration date to assure continued uninterrupted certification. The Board will review and evaluate the documents submitted and in the sole judgment of the Board of Trustees, shall determine whether the applicant has met the criteria for re-certification for an additional ten year period.

Diplomates who have not completed the recertification process by the June 30 deadline may receive an automatic 3-year extension of their certification, upon request, however, a completed application for re-certification must be submitted to request an extension. During any such time extension, the individual will continue to be recognized as Board Certified by the ABMA. However, any educational credits earned during the extension may not be credited to any future re-certification cycle.

Failure to achieve re-certification by the expiration date of the original certificate or any extension will result in removal of the individual’s name from all public listings of those who have current ABMA Certification. Those who no longer have a current ABMA Board Certification may no longer refer to themselves as a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture or to use the designation, DABMA, following their name in public documents.

Delayed participation in the re-certification process beyond the certificate expiration date or any extension, may require completion of the requirements for initial certification in order to re-establish certification. Diplomates are advised to complete the re-certification process in a timely manner.


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