FMCLA Eligibility Requirements

Participation in the Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment (FMCLA) is available for Diplomates whose 10-year examination requirement is due to be met by December 31 of the year they begin participation in the assessment. For example, a Diplomate whose 10-year exam is due 12/31/2022 is eligible to begin FMCLA in 2022. Eligible physicians will need to meet the following requirements to enroll:

  • Submission and approval of online application by the published deadline
  • Continuous compliance with ABFM Guidelines for Professionalism, Licensure, and Personal Conduct which includes holding medical license(s) which meet the licensure requirements of the Guidelines
  • Continue to complete all certification activity and CME stage requirements by applicable deadlines

Additionally, physicians whose board certification has expired and lapsed for less than three years and have no more than one unsuccessful one-day examination attempt since becoming not certified are eligible to enroll in FMCLA. Note that certification status would not be restored until successful completion of the assessment and release of final, official results. Stage requirements must also be satisfied during FMCLA participation and beyond.