ABMS News Release (07/29/22)
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) strongly disputes the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons' (NBPAS) claims of certification equivalency. "Claims of equivalence to ABMS certification or that NBPAS is a means to maintain ABMS Member Board certification are misleading to the profession, and most importantly, to the public who depend upon the strength of ABMS board certification," the board warns. AMBS adamantly states that NBPAS lacks a protocol for defining specialty-specific knowledge standards, as well as an external evaluation of knowledge and skills. Moreover, the NBPAS certificate is inconsistent with established American Medical Association certification policy. "NBPAS does not have a requirement for improving medical practice, nor does it appear to have a means to address unprofessional conduct by its members," ABMS adds. "Lastly, it does not engage in research to provide the evidence base supporting the value of its program and informing its continued quality improvement." ABMS writes that it and its Member Boards recently concluded a review and enhancement of their continuing certification programs, ensuring their relevance and support of diplomates' learning and improvement requirements while furnishing the public with a reliable credential. "Recognizing NBPAS as a certifying body equivalent to ABMS Member Boards will confuse the public and the profession regarding the meaning and purpose of board certification and may undermine the public trust in board certification and professional self-regulation," ABMS cautions.