Voluntary Recertification Process
The ABP offers a process for recertification that enables its diplomates to
demonstrate continued competency in the practice of pathology. Based on the tenet that
practicing pathologists maintain high educational, professional, ethical, and moral
standards in their practices, the recertification process serves as an assessment of
individual credentials and a measure of quality of professional practice for pathologists
who have been certified by the ABP. This voluntary recertification process is designed to
evaluate the basic parameters of a pathologistís practice and assure a current review of
credentials, leading to a certificate of recertification.
Voluntary recertification is available only to diplomates of the ABP who hold non-time limited certificates in one of the primary disciplines of pathology and who meet the
stated requirements. Voluntary recertification in subspecialties is not available.
Each applicant successfully completing the recertification process will receive a
certificate of recertification as a diplomate of the ABP dated January 1 of the year
following completion of the process and effective for ten years. The voluntary
recertification program will accept applications through July 1, 2013. After that
date, diplomates who wish to recertify or are required to pass a secure
examination for licensure purposes can do so through the Maintenance of
Certification (MOC) program.
Please review the Voluntary Recertification Booklet of Information for requirements and