Certificate Reinstatement Process

Re-Obtaining Board Certification After a Lapse, Revocation, or Sanction

Revised February 2017

Diplomates whose Board certification has lapsed, been revoked, or been otherwise sanctioned must complete a
reinstatement process detailed by the Board in order to obtain a new certificate. Diplomates can re‐obtain ABO certification by completing the MOC components listed below, also known as the “MOC Fast Track” Re‐Entry Process, within a three‐year timeframe:

  • Part 1: Professionalism & Professional Standing: Hold a valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine at all times.
  • Part 2: Lifelong Learning & Self‐Assessment: Attest to completion of 250 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™ obtained during the past 10 years.
  • Part 3: Assessment of Knowledge, Judgment & Skills: Pass the Demonstration of Ophthalmic Cognitive Knowledge (DOCK) examination.
  • Part 4: Improvement in Medical Practice: Complete an approved quality improvement activity. You may choose to design your own quality improvement program, participate in a multi‐specialty improvement program, or complete an online Practice Improvement Module.

Upon successful completion of these steps, a new certificate valid for a period of ten (10) years shall be awarded.

Certificate Issuance

The ABO issues certificates twice per year:

  • January 1 (if MOC activities are completed by December 31 of the previous year) and
  • July 1 (if MOC activities are completed between January 1 and June 30)

Credit for Previous MOC Activities

Any MOC credit earned during the most recent 10‐year cycle will remain valid for three years following the date of
certificate expiration. This means that diplomates may apply these activities toward meeting the requirements of
the MOC Fast Track recertification process. However, once the initial three‐year window has closed, all MOC activities completed during the previous 13 years will become invalid.

Individuals who have been decertified for a period of four or more years may submit an application to begin MOC
Fast Track with a clean slate, and will be granted three years to complete all MOC requirements in effect at the
time of application.

Click here to download a copy of this policy for your records. Please note: this policy may be subject to change. Please always refer to this website for the most up-to-date version of the policy or contact the Board Office for guidance in re-obtaining board certification.