Why a certificate may be revoked
Any certificate issued by the American Board of Surgery (ABS) may be subject to sanction such as revocation or suspension at any time that the directors shall determine, in their sole judgment, that the diplomate holding the certificate was in some respect not properly qualified to receive it or is no longer properly qualified to retain it.
The holder of a revoked or suspended certificate will be given written notice of the reasons for its sanction by express letter carrier (e.g., FedEx) to the last address that the holder has provided to the ABS. Sanction is final upon the mailing of the notification.
Upon revocation of certification, the holder's status will be changed to Not Certified and the holder will be required to return the certificate to the ABS office.
Individuals may appeal the decision to revoke or suspend a certificate by complying with the ABS Reconsideration and Appeals Policy. A request for reconsideration, the first step, must be made in writing to the ABS office within 90 days of receipt of notice from the ABS of the action in question.
Should the circumstances that justified revocation of certification be corrected, the directors of the ABS at their sole discretion may reinstate the certificate after appropriate review of the individual's licensure and performance using the same standards as applied to applicants for certification, and following fulfillment by the individual of requirements previously determined by the ABS.
Requirements for certificate reinstatement will be determined by the ABS on a case-by-case basis in parallel with the type and severity of the original infraction, up to and including complete repetition of the initial certification process. Individuals who have had their certification revoked or suspended and then restored, regardless of their initial certification status or prior dates of certification, will be required to take and pass the next MOC examination to reinstate their certification. Upon passing the examination, they will be awarded a new, time-limited certificate and enrolled in the ABS Maintenance of Certification Program.
Updated: March 2014