Maintain Certification

Requirements of Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

A Four-Part Process for Continuous Learning

ABAI diplomates must complete all four parts of the MOC process in order to successfully maintain their certification.

  1. Professional Standing:    Medical specialists must hold a valid, unrestricted medical license(s) in at least one state or jurisdiction in the United States, its territories or Canada.
    • Diplomates must log onto their ABAI Web Portal page and attest annually to having a current, valid, unrestricted license(s) to practice medicine in the United States, territories, or Canada. A copy of all medical licenses will be required when diplomates are in the last six-month block of their ten-year MOC cycle.
  2. Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment:    Physicians participate in educational and self-assessment programs that meet specialty-specific standards that are set by their member board.
  3. Cognitive Expertise:    Diplomates demonstrate, through the Continuous Assessment Program (CAP) Pilot, that they have the fundamental, practice / environment-related knowledge to provide quality care in their specialty.
    • CAP consists of two five-year cycles, for a total of 10 years. Each year has two six-month blocks of articles and questions as well as 10 core / general knowledge questions. The first block is January 1 through June 30th. The second block is July 1 through December 31st.
  4. Practice Assessment/Quality Improvement:    Physicians are evaluated in their clinical practice according to specialty-specific standards for patient care. They are asked to demonstrate that they can assess the quality of care they provide compared to peers and national benchmarks and then apply the best evidence or consensus recommendations to improve that care using follow-up assessments.

This chart illustrates the various requirements of the ABAI MOC program on a year-by-year basis throughout the ten year life of an ABAI certificate. Click on the links to learn more about each requirement.

Timeline of MOC Requirements

  • YR. 1
  • YR. 2
  • YR. 3
  • YR. 4
  • YR. 5
  • YR. 6
  • YR. 7
  • YR. 8
  • YR. 9
  • YR. 10
Part I: Professional Standing
  • Maintain unrestricted medical license throughout cycle
  • Remit Annual MOC fee
  • Update demographic and contact information as required
Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment
  • Attest to 25 allergy/immunology CME credits per year
  • Complete 1 Patient Safety Module
  • Complete 1 Communication module
Part III: Cognitive Expertise

Continuous Assessment Program (CAP) Pilot

Continuous Assessment Program (CAP) Pilot

Part IV: Practice Assessment/ Quality Improvement

Complete 1 Practice Assessment/ Quality Improvement Module:

  • Patient Safety
  • Disease-Specific
  • Procedure-Specific

Complete 1 Practice Assessment/ Quality Improvement Module:

  • Patient Safety
  • Disease-Specific
  • Procedure-Specific

Meeting MOC Requirements

As of January 1, 2010, all MOC requirements must be completed on or by December 31st of the year they are due in order to be reported as "Meeting MOC Requirements." Diplomates who have not completed all MOC requirements by the date they are due will be reported as "Not Meeting MOC Requirements." Upon completion of the incomplete requirement(s), the diplomate will be reported as "Meeting MOC Requirements."

Please note that participation in the ABAI MOC program is voluntary for diplomates with time-unlimited certificates and it will not affect their certification status.