Maintenance of Certification Legislation

The Institute for Credentialing Excellence has been monitoring activities at the national level aimed to reduce the burden of licensure, and at the state level seeking to prevent regulatory or legislative mandates that prohibit participation in maintenance of certification-type programs.

The NCCA Standards currently require a maintenance, or renewal, process for all accredited programs. ICE is interested in hearing from its members regarding whether the national/state activities concerning certification maintenance/renewal are of importance or concern to its members.

Approximately a dozen states have either passed or are considering legislation that would prohibit maintenance of certification requirements for licensure for physicians/physician specialties occupations. While currently limited to physicians, ICE is monitoring these developments through the Government Affairs Committee to determine whether more states propose this kind of legislation or expand it to other occupations.  

Proposed legislation from the various states:

Kentucky SB 17

Missouri HB 1816

Oklahoma SB 1148

North Carolina HB 728

Michigan HB 5090 & Michigan HB 5091

Michigan SB 608 & Michigan SB 609

Right To Safe Care Coalition

The Right to Safe Care Coalition is forming to educate stakeholders about the importance of effective lifelong learning programs in the healthcare occupation. 

Learn more about the Right to Safe Care Coalition and how it is defending high quality healthcare. 

What do you think?

ICE wants to hear from you on this issue. How does this type of legislation impact you? Do you see this as isolated to the medical certifications or could it grow to other professions? Please respond to this very short survey about this legislation and potential impact on your organization: Maintenance of Certification Survey.

Want to Learn More?

ICE held a virtual Town Hall on October 5, 2016 at 12:00pm ET. Topics covered included:

  • Maintenance of Certification for Physicians removed as a requirement for re-licensure in some states
  • Possible implications for certification programs
  • NCCA Standards regarding MoC

A recording of the Town Hall can be found here. Please note: this recording is only available to ICE members.