Maintenance of Certification

EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 1, 2017 THE NATIONAL BOARD OF PHYSICIAN NUTRITION SPECIALIST IS PLEASED TO INTRODUCE A NEW MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION OPTION FOR PAST, CURRENT AND FUTURE DIPLOMATS.

Your initial NBPNS credential following successful passing of the exam is valid for 10 years. Prior to the expiration date on your certificate, you can choose to MOC by CME credits or by retaking the current examination.  If you recertify via CME, MOC is valid for 5 years and if you recertify by retaking the exam, MOC is valid for 10 years. For recertification by examination or CME, please go to http://www.ptcny.com/clients/nbpns/ to submit the current examination application or CME submissions.


 

For Maintenance of Certification by CME credits,

 

A. Application Requirements:

  1. Candidates must have a valid, unrestricted license to practice medicine in at least one U.S. state.
  2. Candidates must have been previously certified by an American Board of Medical Specialties member board.
  3. Candidates must have been previously certified by taking the NBPNS examination or one of NBPNS’ prior iterations (the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists (ABPNS, years 2000-2013) or American Board of Nutrition (ABN, years 1948-2000)).
  4. Candidates with current NBPNS certification may apply for MOC recognition at any time within their certification window. The Fee for MOC recognition is $395.
  5. Candidates with expired NBPNS certification will have a 5 year, time-limited opportunity to apply for MOC recognition. This window closes on 12-31-21. There will be a $100 reprocessing fee for those with expired credentials.

 

B. Approved Activities, Vendors/Providers and Key Words:

 

  1. Candidate may use only CME Category 1 credits for NBPNS MOC.
  2. Credit for at least 50% of the NBPNS MOC CME must be obtained from an ACCME-approved CME Category 1 activity from one of the 8 NBPNS member societies (AACE, ACN, AGA, ASN, ASPEN, CNS, TOS, SCCM).
  3. Credit for up to 50% of the NBPNS MOC CME Category 1 may be obtained from any other ACCME-approved CME Category 1 activity and any other ACCME-approved Vendor/Provider.
  4. Candidates must be prepared to provide documentation of all CME Category 1 certificates in the event of audit (10% of MOC applications will undergo random audit each year).
  5. Candidates must sign an Attestation Statement which attests that the Vendor/Provider being applied to NBPNS MOC was nutrition-specific.
  6. Key Words for nutrition-specific ACCME-approved CME Category 1 activity include (but are not limited to): Weight Loss, Malnutrition, PCM, Sarcopenia, Stress Metabolism, Anorexia, Bulimia, Eating Disorder, TPN, Parenteral Nutrition, Enteral Feeding, Tube Feeding, Nutritional Assessment, Metabolic Rate, Resting Energy Expenditure, Micronutrient Deficiency, Dehydration, Nutritional Edema, Electrolytes, Minerals, Vitamins, Impaired Glucose Metabolism, Dyslipdemia, Metabolic Syndrome, Insulin Resistance, Obesity, Adiposity, PCOS, Sleep Apnea, Cardiometabolic, Diabetes, Cardiovascular, Bariatric Surgery, Lap Band, Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass.

 

C. Specific of ACCME-approved CME Category 1 Credit Requirements for NBPNS MOC Certification:

 

  1. Candidates with current NBPNS certification are required to have completed a minimum of 75 hours of nutrition-specific ACCME-approved CME Category 1 Credits within the past 60 monthsto obtain NBPNS MOC recognition.
  2. Candidates with expired NBPNS certification are required tohave completed a minimum of 100 hours of nutrition-specific ACCME-approved CME Category 1 Credits within the past 60 monthsto obtain NBPNS MOC recognition.
  3. NBPNS MOC recognition via CME is valid for 5 years from the date of approval.

 

Please follow the instructions to complete and submit your application, supporting documentation and fees online at www.ptcny.com/clients/nbpns/