Retired Policy

The ABNM approved a new policy for retired diplomates that will be effective in 2022. The ABNM adopted the ABMS definition of retired. There are two status for retired diplomates. 1) Retired – No Longer Certified and 2) Retired – Certified. The definitions of both statuses are described below.

Retired – No Longer Certified

• Possession of an active certificate at the time of retirement

• No license restrictions at the time of retirement in any jurisdiction due to disciplinary actions

• Attestation to no longer being actively engaged in direct, indirect, and/or consultative patient care, overseeing medical laboratories, or supervising in a medical field, and

• Not performing any function for which board certification is required. 

• The only requirement is that diplomates update their contact information so that the ABNM can keep in touch.

• There is no annual MOC fee for diplomates who are Retired – No Longer Certified.

Retired – Certified

• Diplomates who plan to work occasionally (part-time or temporary, consulting, etc.)

• No license restrictions at the time of retirement in all jurisdictions where the physician is licensed

• A minimum 5-year average of 25 CME AMA category 1 credits per year, which include a minimum average of 17.5 credits related to Nuclear Medicine, which in turn include a minimum average of 8 self-assessment credits per year.

• Participation in CertLink

• The annual MOC fee is reduced for diplomates who are Retired – Certified. The fee in 2022 will be $205 instead of the regular fee of $500.

For both status, Improvement in Medical Practice (MOC – Part 4) is not required.