American Society of Addiciton Medicine

Certification Maintenance

Education

Certification Maintenance

Addiction medicine specialists must maintain certification by meeting educational requirements for the assessment of continuing competencies to ensure the highest standards of care.

Overview

Once certified, addiction medicine specialists must maintain certification by meeting educational requirements for the assessment of continuing competencies through a program called Maintenance of Certification (MOC) or Continuing Certification Program (CCP). The purpose of MOC/CCP is to ensure that addiction specialists adhere to the highest standards in medicine and pursue excellence in all areas of care and practice improvement.

ASAM is not a certifying board. Individuals are encouraged to contact their respective boards for the most up-to-date information on MOC requirements (e.g., visit the ABPM physician portal for information on their requirements).




MOC and CCP for Physician Specialists

The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) Transitional Maintenance of Certification (TMOC) is the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) board certification process for the assessment of continuing competencies of physicians. Detailed information about transitional maintenance of certification and continuing certification program requirements are available on the ABPM website.

*Beginning January 2023, ABPM TMOC will transition to Continuing Certification Program (CCP).


The American Osteopathic Association (AOA)

The AOA Continuous Certification process requires physicians certified in addiction medicine to continue lifelong learning through continuing medical education and the passing a written assessment. Detailed information about transitional maintenance of certification and continuing certification program requirements are available on the AOA website.


The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)

The ABPN Maintenance of Certification Program (MOC) reflects commitment to lifelong learning throughout one’s profession with self-assessment performance measures developed to improve programs based on clinical practice. Detailed information about transitional maintenance of certification and continuing certification program requirements are available on the ABPN website.


The International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM)

ISAM administers a credentialing process and exam for international practicing physicians in addiction medicine that assures the public that the holder has the pre-requisite knowledge competence to practice in that field within the confines of his/her medical license. Detailed information about the process is available on the ISAM website.



MOC and CCP for Non-Physician Specialists

The Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB)

The ANCB recertification program requirements for registered nurses and nurses in advanced practice can be found on the Center for Nursing Education and Testing. Detailed information about the process is available on the ANCB website.


The National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP)

NCC AP certification requires recertification to ensure continued knowledge and improvement in modern counseling techniques. Detailed information about recertification is available on the NAADAC website.