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Acupuncture Today – July, 2012, Vol. 13, Issue 07

New Incentives to Renew Lapsed (Expired) Status to be Reduced from Eight Years to Three Years as of January 1, 2013

Confusion is apparent concerning the term "lapsed status." By definition, an individual/constituent in "lapsed status" has allowed their certification with the NCCAOM to "expire" and is no longer considered a Diplomate certified by the NCCAOM.

Currently, NCCAOM permits a former Diplomate in lapsed status up to eight years to return to active certification status. Those that do not recertify within eight years allow their certification with the NCCAOM to terminate. Once terminated, a constituent (i.e., a former Diplomate) must reapply and meet all current eligibility requirements.

As of January 1, 2013, NCCAOM certification will terminate for any constituent in lapsed status more than three years from their date of expiration (i.e. certification expires on 12/31/2009 and recertification does not occur prior to 12/31/2012). Currently, NCCAOM provides two routes for former Diplomates to return to active status.

In conjunction with the change to a three year time line for individuals in lapsed status, Recertification Route 1 will be eliminated on January 1, 2013. This economical route to return to active status provides a viable solution to individuals lapsed for multiple years. As of 2012, the recertification application fee and the late fee (formerly known as lapsed fee) have changed. Full details can be found on pages 15-16 of the 2012 NCCAOM® Recertification Handbook.

If you are unsure of your NCCAOM status, contact the NCCAOM by e-mail at or by calling customer service at 904-598-1005. The certification services team is ready to assist you in any way possible.

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