- Candidates for certification and Maintenance of Certification must possess a valid, unrestricted and unchallenged medical license in the United States, its territories or Canada.
- Candidates practicing exclusively abroad and who do not hold a U.S. or Canadian license, must hold a license where they practice and provide documentation from the relevant licensing authority that their license is in good standing and without conditions or restrictions.
- A candidate whose license has been restricted, suspended, revoked or surrendered in any jurisdiction, cannot be certified, recertified or admitted to a certification examination. Restrictions include but are not limited to conditions, contingencies, probation and stipulated agreements.
If a candidate or an ABIM Board Certified physician has a history of substance abuse, documentation of at least one year of continuous sobriety from a reliable monitoring source must be submitted to ABIM for admission to an examination or to receive a certificate. ABIM treats such information as confidential.