To verify a surgeon’s current status with the ABS, please use our Check a Certification tool. This website serves as primary source verification.
Note: In 2014, the ABS moved from academic to calendar year expirations; all current time-limited (10-year) ABS certificates now expire on December 31.
Diplomates participating in the ABS Continuous Certification Program are issued certificates with no end dates to certification, and therefore do not have expiration dates. As such, we encourage credentialers to utilize the annual reverification date in any given year to accurately determine a surgeon’s current certification status. Please see below for more information about utilizing an annual reverification date.
The ABS can verify certification in surgery (general surgery), vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, surgical critical care, complex general surgical oncology, and hand surgery.
To verify certification in other specialties, visit the ABMS website at www.certificationmatters.org. Note that there may be a lag between ABS real-time data and what is displayed on the ABMS website.
As part of the ABS Continuous Certification Program, board certification is contingent upon meeting the ongoing requirements of the program. Consistent with other ABMS Member Boards who have moved to a longitudinal assessment model, surgeons who were initially certified and/or took a Continuous Certification Assessment after September 2018 are issued certificates with no end dates to certification.
ABS recognizes that some entities require a certification end date to complete primary source verification. To assist in this process, we encourage credentialers to utilize the annual reverification date in any given year to accurately determine a surgeon’s current certification status. For this year, credentialing bodies should use the reverification date of Jan. 5, 2025, to determine the certification status of any diplomates who are enrolled in the Continuous Certification Program.
For more about publicly reported information, see Public Reporting of Status.
As long as a diplomate continues to meet their ongoing certification requirements via their ABS portal (including updated CME, references, payment of the annual fee for Continuous Certification when required) and take their assessment when due, anyone will be able to confirm their continued certification status in January, each year, as of the annual reverification date (which is the same date for all ABS diplomates participating in Continuous Certification).
The ABS considers the personal information and examination record of an individual to be private and confidential. In response to an inquiry, the ABS will provide a general statement indicating the person’s current situation in regard to ABS certification, along with his or her certification history. The ABS, however, may be legally required to produce personal information and/or examination records of an applicant or diplomate pursuant to a validly-issued legal order or subpoena or as part of any litigation involving ABS.
The ABS reports all individuals as having one of two statuses: Certified or Not Certified. In addition, an individual may be described as:
Information regarding an individual’s Continuous Certification status will also be provided; surgeons are enrolled in the ABS Continuous Certification Program upon certification or recertification after July 2005. This status is reported using one of three different designations:
You may also call the ABS office at 215-568-4000 to obtain verbal verification. Have the surgeon’s identifying information (first, middle and last name) ready before you call. Certificate number may also be needed. Telephone inquiries are limited to five verifications per phone call, one phone call per day.
To verify a surgeon’s current status with the ABS, please use our Check a Certification tool. This website serves as primary source verification and can be used to verify the status of any surgeon certified by the ABS.
For written verification, please use our Check a Certification tool or contact the ABS in writing by email, fax, or mail. Written verifications are sent by mail only (not fax or email)—please provide your mailing address and as much identifying information about the surgeon as possible. No fee is charged for this service. There is no limit to the number of written verifications you may request.
In addition, please see our FAQs regarding certification status inquiries.