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  • All certificates issued by the ABPath after January 1, 2006 are time-limited and remain valid contingent upon the diplomate meeting CC requirements.
  • Certificates issued prior to January 1, 2006 are non-time limited.
  • After meeting all certification requirements, a candidate is issued a certificate by the ABPath in those fields of pathology for which the ABPath declared the candidate qualified. Engraved certificates are mailed approximately 3-4 months after the results of the examination are released.
  • Candidates qualified for combined certification (AP/CP or AP/NP) receive one certificate indicating that the pathologist is certified in both disciplines. This certificate is issued only after both examinations have been passed.
  • ABPath does not issue duplicate certificates.

Replacement Certificates:

  • If a certificate is lost or destroyed, the diplomate can request a replacement, stating on the order form the reason for replacement of the original certificate.
  • The replacement certificate will indicate that the certificate is a replacement and the date of the replacement.
  • The fee for a replacement certificate is $75 payable by credit card. Follow the link to use the online request and submit payment. 
  • Replacement Certificate Request Form
  • Change of Name Request Form

Revocation or Expiration of Certification:

  • At its discretion, the ABPath may revoke a certificate for cause, including but not limited to:
    • The diplomate did not possess the required qualifications and requirements for examination, whether or not such deficiency was known to the ABPath or any committee thereof prior to examination or at the time of the issuance of the certificate, as the case may be.
    • The diplomate made a material misrepresentation or withheld material information in the application or in any other representation to the ABPath or any committee thereof, whether intentional or unintentional.
    • The diplomate violated the Honor Code and/or engaged in irregular behavior in connection with an examination of the ABPath, whether or not such practice had an effect on his or her performance on an examination.
    • The diplomate was convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction of a felony or of a misdemeanor that involves moral turpitude and that, in the opinion of the ABPath, has a material relationship to the practice of medicine.
    • The diplomate made a misrepresentation to the ABPath or any third party as to his or her status as a diplomate of the ABPath.
    • The ABPath receives information that an adverse licensure action has been taken against a diplomate.
  • For purposes of this policy, adverse licensure action will mean:
    • a final action by one of the licensing authorities of the United States or Canada that revokes, suspends, or limits (including the imposition of any requirement of probation, surveillance, supervision, or review) any license or right associated with the practice of medicine issued by one of the licensing agencies of the United States or Canada and that resulted from or is based on misconduct involving patient care and/or ethical practice; or
    • the voluntary surrender of a license or associated right in connection with, or in lieu of any disciplinary action by, or consent decree or settlement agreement with, one of the licensing authorities of the United States or Canada.
  • A diplomate’s time limited certificate shall expire before its stated expiration date in the event a diplomate has failed to comply with the ABPath’s Continuing Certification participation and reporting requirements.
  • A diplomate may appeal a revocation or early expiration of his/her certificate pursuant to the ABPath appeals procedure set forth in Section XII.
  • If a diplomate’s certificate is revoked and the diplomate subsequently regains a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine, he/she may provide proof of such to the ABPath and request that the certificate be reinstated. If a diplomate’s certificate expires before the stated expiration date and the diplomate subsequently meets all requirements for Maintenance of Certification, he/she may request that the certificate be reinstated. (See the CC Booklet of Information regarding expiration of certification and policies for reinstatement.) If the request for reinstatement of certification is approved, the certificate will be restored subject to all rules in force at the time of the restoration, including time-limited certification and mandatory participation in Continuing Certification.


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