We’ve collaborated with American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) certifying boards to simplify and align the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process to better meet the needs of physicians and educators. These collaborations increase the number and diversity of accredited CME activities that meet the requirements for MOC and add value to accredited CME programs.
Note about terminology: The terminology for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is evolving and each board chooses the name of its own program. MOC is also known as Continuing Certification or Continuous Certification.
Currently, collaborations are in place with:
- American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA)
- American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)
- American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO)
- American Board of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (ABOHNS)
- American Board of Pathology (ABPath)
- American Board of Pediatrics (ABP)
- American Board of Surgery (ABS): Coming in February 2021
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada will recognize activities registered for CME for MOC as meeting the requirements for Royal College MOC Program Section 3 (Self-Assessment Programs) credits. Visit CME that Counts for Royal College MOC for more information.
To remain certified in their specialty, physicians must meet continuing education requirements that are set by the certifying boards. Physicians can earn credit toward meeting these requirements by participating in accredited CME activities that count for MOC.
How It Works
Accredited CME providers are not required to submit MOC applications for approval to the certifying boards that are collaborating with the ACCME. Instead, accredited CME providers are able to use the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) to register activities for these programs. As part of this registration process, providers attest to meeting certain MOC requirements and data policies.
All CME providers in the ACCME System have the option to add value to their CME programs by offering accredited CME that counts for MOC. This includes state-accredited providers, providers directly accredited by the ACCME, and providers that have received Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™.
The ACCME has several resources available to assist accredited CME providers in learning about the process to offer CME for MOC:
- Introductory Guide for MOC: Use this guide in conjunction with the CME for MOC Program Guide, to gain a basic understanding of how to offer CME that counts for MOC.
- CME for MOC Program Guide: This guide details the requirements for offering CME for MOC.
- CME for MOC Webinars: Check the events page to register for the next bimonthly webinar, where ACCME staff explain the process and answer your questions.
More resources are available in the resources section below.
The ACCME and collaborating certifying boards have aligned their requirements to simplify the process of offering CME that counts for MOC. Many accredited CME activities may already meet MOC requirements and there may be only a few modifications providers need to make to register and report activities for MOC. We've created a MOC planning guide to assist providers in tracking requirements.
All CME for MOC requirements can be found in the CME for MOC Program Guide.
Accredited CME providers use the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) to register activities for CME that counts for MOC. Please register these activities prior to the activity taking place. To register your activity you will need to:
- Choose “yes” to the question: Would you like to register this CME activity for MOC so that physician attendees may receive MOC point/credits?
- Attest to compliance with the MOC requirements as described in the program guide
- Agree to collect the required individual learner completion data and submit it via PARS
- Agree to abide by the board's and ACCME's requirements for use of the data
- Agree to allow ACCME to publish data about the activity on ACCME’s website (www.cmefinder.org)
- Agree to comply with requests for information about the activity if the activity is selected for an audit by the ACCME
Once you have completed the attestation, you will need to enter in a few details about how the activity relates to the specific board, and additional information that will be displayed in CME Finder.
Display Your Activities in CME Finder. We encourage you to register your activities in PARS as soon as possible, so that physician learners can find out about them. Activities registered for MOC will be displayed in CME Finder, our online CME search tool that provides a one-stop resource for physicians seeking to earn MOC credit by participating in accredited CME. You can indicate whether or not there is a fee for the activity and if the activity is limited to only members or staff.
For additional technical details on how to submit activity data in PARS using batch upload processes or web services, click here.
Accredited CME providers are required to submit learner completion data into PARS for each activity registered for MOC. We encourage CME providers to submit learner data as soon as possible after the activity is completed and the learner has met the requirements to earn MOC credit, so that the board can apply the credits to the learner’s records. Ideally, learner data should be reported within 30 days of the learner earning the credit.
- Learner completion data for ABP should be submitted to PARS by December 1. All ABP learner completion data should be submitted within 30 days of activity completion, and learner data for ABP activities conducted after December 1 should be entered immediately in order to allow ABP diplomates with cycles ending that year to meet certification requirements and re-enroll by established deadlines.
- Learner completion data for ABA, ABIM, ABO, ABOHNS, ABPath, and ABS should be submitted to PARS by December 31 in order to meet year-end certification deadlines.
Learner data can be submitted into PARS manually via the web interface, by batch upload (tab delimited and XML methods) and by web service.
Tutorial: Submitting learner data in PARS
For additional technical details on how to submit learner data in PARS using batch upload processes or web services, click here.
Accredited CME providers must use the relevant board’s recognition statement to designate activities that offer MOC credit and must communicate to learners how many and what type of MOC points or credits can be earned by completing the activity. This statement must be provided to learners prior to the start of the activity, and must be included on any activity, registration, or promotional materials (excluding general “save the date” communications).
If your activity is offering MOC credit for more than one certifying board, you may combine the information into one recognition statement. You will need to ensure that the statement includes the names of each board, the type(s) of credit for each board, and the number of credits available for each credit type.
Examples of recognition statements are included in the CME for MOC Program Guide in the Communication of MOC Recognition section as well as in the sections that explain each board’s requirements.
You should inform learners about any additional steps they must take to earn MOC so that you are able to submit their learner completion data to the certifying boards via PARS. This could include instructions for claiming MOC from your organization, any evaluation deadlines for the activities, and/or requesting learner information needed to report completions.
Accredited CME providers may use the relevant board's badge or logo to identify and promote MOC activities in addition to the required recognition statements. Use of the badge or logo is optional and may appear on any activity materials, brochures, and announcements that promote these activities. Accredited providers may determine the size and placement of the badge or logo; however, providers are not permitted to make changes to the badge or logo.
- Archived webinar: Planning & Evaluation in Support of CME for MOC - November 10, 2020
- Archived webinar: CME for MOC: Using PARS to Your Advantage - September 1, 2020
- Archived Webinar webpage: A compiled list of previously recorded webinars.
- Blog Post: Responding to COVID-19: CME for MOC
- FAQ: CME that Counts for MOC Basics
- FAQ: ACCME's Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS)
- Guide: CME for MOC Program Guide
- Guide: CME for MOC Beginner’s Guide
- Guide: CME for MOC Planning Worksheet
- Tutorial: Registering CME Activities for MOC credit
- Tutorial: Submitting Learner Data in PARS for MOC
- PDF: Evaluation Examples: CME for MOC
- PDF: CME for MOC Crosswalk
- Webpage: Technical Information for Submitting Data via Batch Upload or Web Services
- Blog Post: CME for MOC Training Topics
We welcome your questions and feedback!
- Accredited CME providers: Please contact the ACCME at email@example.com
- ABA diplomates: Please contact ABA at firstname.lastname@example.org
- ABIM diplomates: Please contact ABIM at email@example.com
- ABO diplomates: Please contact ABO at MOC@abop.org
- ABOHNS diplomates: Please contact ABOHNS at firstname.lastname@example.org
- ABP diplomates: Please contact ABP at MOCAMpeds@abpeds.org
- ABPath diplomates: Please contact ABPath at John@abpath.org
- ABS diplomates: Please contact ABS at email@example.com