10.7 Invalidating Board Certification

Policy: A Diplomate may lose Board Certification for several reasons including, but not limited to, fraudulently acquiring the certification, falsifying records, refusal to participate in the Maintenance of Certification program and misuse of the ABO title and logo.


  1. Once the ABO becomes aware of a Diplomate’s alleged infraction, the Executive Director will investigate.
  2. If the Executive Director decides that a violation has been made and disciplinary action includes the invalidation of certification, the case is brought to the Board.
  3. If the Board concurs with the Executive Director, the ABO notifies the Diplomate through a written letter.
  4. ABO staff removes said person from all public and private Diplomate lists and databases.