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Together we can end the monopoly and create choice in board re-certification. Thank you for your support!

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The National Board of Physicians and Surgeons

Founded in 2015, the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS) provides physicians with a choice in board recertification that is clinically rigorous, evidence-based, less burdensome, and nationally accepted.

NPBAS recertifies nearly 10,000 board certified physicians and is accepted by over 157 entities including hospitals, health systems, and telemedicine companies. NBPAS is a 501c(3), not-for-profit, organization with unpaid, volunteer physician leadership.

NBPAS Requirements:

  • MD or DO only
  • Initial board certification through ABMS or AOA required, no exceptions
  • Active and unrestricted license
  • 50 hours of ACCME accredited CME every 24 months (100 hours if ABMS/AOA cert has lapsed)
  • Renewal required every 2 years
  • Cost: $189 every two years. Discounts are available for fellows and military.

Why maintain my board certification with NBPAS?

  • NBPAS was started after 20,000+ physicians signed a petition to provide an alternative pathway to the mandated Maintenance of Certification (MOC/OCC) programs of ABMS and AOA.
  • Published studies have found no association between MOC/OCC and improved patient outcomes. NBPAS did a thorough review of these studies, you can find them here.
  • NBPAS diplomates believe in life-long learning and providing the best quality care to their patients.
  • NBPAS board certification allows physicians to study practice-specific, accredited CME and maintain the highest possible peer-established standards in each specialty and subspecialty. Continuing certification through NBPAS allows physicians to prioritize the most important people in health care–their patients.

Other Important Facts

  • Thirteen states have passed legislation prohibiting MOC/OCC as a requirement for medical licensing, hospital privileges and payor reimbursement. View here
  • The anti-competitive nature of the ABMS MOC product caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Antitrust Division. On September 10, 2018, the DOJ published guidance that strongly encouraged competition in physician certification. Read More
  • The American Medical Association (AMA) issued a resolution stating that MOC/OCC should not be a mandated requirement for licensure, credentialing, payment, network participation or employment. Read More
  • The ABMS released a Vision Commission report (2019) on MOC concluding that “ABMS must encourage hospitals, health systems, payers and other health care organizations to not deny credentialing or privileging to a physician solely on the basis of certification.”


To learn more please contact Executive Director Katie Collins at