What is Maintenance of Certification?

Maintenance of Certification in Plastic Surgery (MOC-PS®) is a program used to demonstrate the plastic surgeon's commitment to life-long learning and practice improvement throughout the certification years.  

Certificates issued since 1995 are valid for 10 years and all MOC-PS® requirements must be met in order to renew certification for an additional 10-year period.

Prior to 1995, certificates were issued with no expiration date and valid indefinitely.  Diplomates with lifetime certification are expected and encouraged to participate (voluntarily) in the ABPS MOC-PS® Program.

The following ABPS MOC-PS® Program requirements are aligned with the four basic components approved by all 24 Member Boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS):



        • Verification of state medical license(s), hospital privileges, accreditation of nonhospital-based freestanding outpatient surgery centers, and peer review 

Life-long Learning & Self-Assessment

        • 150 CME credits in the previous three years
        • Completion of one MOC-approved educational activity

Assessment of Knowledge, Judgement, & Skills

        • MOC-PS® Examination

Improvement in Medical Practice

        • Completion of one Practice Assessment Module to review case data
        • Action Plan for Improvement
        • Review of benchmarking report of case data to compare to peers


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