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ABCC announces changes.

Mitchell G. Scott, PhD, President of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry, announced the following changes to the Rules and Regulations and By-Laws for the American Board of Clinical Chemistry in letters to all diplomates in October 1999 and February 2000.

Continuing Education. Effective January 1, 2000, all ABCC diplomates will be required to achieve 25 hours of continuing education every year to maintain active ABCC status. Of the 25 hours, a minimum of 15 hours must be Category I CE obtained from recognized CE providers. CE providers recognized by ABCC include: ACCENT, CME, CAP, CLAS, CLMA, SOFT, etc. Diplomates may request that the ABCC Continuing Education Committee approve other CE providers not listed on the ABCC Web page. A maximum of 10 Category II CE hours may be obtained for: (a) attending non-CE accredited seminars, journal clubs, etc; (b) teaching activities; (c) publications; and (d) self-improvement activities such as reading journal articles. A maximum of 4 CE hours can be claimed in any of these self-reporting subcategories. Based on results of a call for comment, the Board agreed to assess the CE requirement on a biannual basis. Thus, toward the end of 2001 most diplomates will be asked to document 25 hours of CE for the year 2000 and 25 hours of CE for the year 2001 by March 1, 2002. Forms and full details of the CE reporting procedure will be mailed to all diplomates shortly and will soon be available from the ABCC Website at

Rules and Regulation Changes. The ABCC Board has issued an updated set of rules and regulations for certification programs in clinical chemistry, toxicological chemistry, and molecular diagnostics. The new ABCC brochure incorporates the following changes: (a) Residency requirements have been removed, making it possible for any qualified individual to take the exam regardless of geographical location. (b) Educational requirements have been changed to 30 undergraduate/graduate semester hours in chemistry or biochemistry. (c) CE requirements have been added to maintain active status as a Diplomate (see above).

Exam in Molecular Diagnostics. Progress on development of an exam in molecular diagnostics is nearing completion. An item bank of questions covering domains of practice identified through a survey of molecular diagnostics laboratory directors has been assembled. The exam committee, chaired by Dr. Larry Silverman, is preparing to field test these items in preparation for assembling the first exam, which will be offered in July 2000 in San Francisco. Applicants for this initial exam must be current diplomates of ABCC, ABMM, ABMLI, or ABP. The deadline to register for the July 2000 exam is April 30, 2000. For more information, please contact Penny Jones at 800-892-1400 or see the ABCC Website at

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Title Annotation:The Clinical Chemist
Author:Bruns, David E.
Publication:Clinical Chemistry
Date:Mar 1, 2000
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