9.1 Disciplinary Policy


The ABO is dedicated to protecting the integrity of its board certification exam.  The organization does not tolerate cheating, falsification, or inappropriate conduct. Violations include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Cheating or attempting to cheat on the Board Certification exam, including but not limited to illegally obtaining, reproducing or copying exam materials
  2. Aiding another in cheating or attempting to cheat on the Board Certification exam
  3. Misrepresentation or falsification of requirements, including residencies, fellowships and education
  4. Falsification of Diplomate status or use of ABO logo without permission
  5. Misuse of the ABO credential

All applicants, Active Candidates and Diplomates must adhere to all current and future rules, regulations and ethical standards established by the ABO. Failure to do so may lead to disciplinary action by the ABO, including but not limited to the denial of an application, non-renewal of board certification, revocation of certification or status, probation or suspension of any and all ABO applications, certifications and Diplomate status.


Those found in violation of ABO policies face disciplinary action, determined by the ABO Board.