In September 2023, NBPAS formally requested FTC to provide relief from what it believes is an effort by ABMS and its constituent boards to use their monopoly power to exclude or eliminate competitors from the continuing certification market.

On April 18th, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a portal for public reporting of anti-competitive practices in the healthcare sector. View press release

FTC/DOJ has used “Unnecessary Recertification” as an example of anticompetitive actions as seen here:

Please submit your comments to the portal at It is critical that physicians use this opportunity to have their voices and experiences heard.

Comments should reflect your personal experience, be truthful, and be specific as possible including names of companies or organizations involved.

"We urge every physician who has been harmed by ABMS MOC to speak now, speak loudly, and spread the word to every physician you know." – Dr. Paul Teirstein

NBPAS is proud to lead this fight on behalf of practicing physicians and those who will follow in our footsteps. Support NBPAS and Support Competition.


NBPAS was started by physicians in response to the demand for a continuous certification pathway based on practice-relevant and specialty-specific Continuing Medical Education (CME).  NBPAS meets national accreditation requirements for hospitals and health plans and currently certifies more than 13,000 physicians at over two hundred institutions including hospitals, health systems, academic hospitals, telemedicine companies, major payors, and the VHA system. NBPAS’ continuous board certification program reduces physician burnout and improves the physician shortage through its evidence-driven, clinically relevant certification pathway.