The American Board of Electrodiagnostic Specialties
The American Board of Electrodiagnostic Specialties (or ABES) is a neurological specialty certification in the performance and interpretation of electrodiagnostic testing, including but not limited to: Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) assessments, Electromyography (EMG), Evoked Potentials (Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials- VEMP, Somatosensory Evoked Potentials – SSEP, Brainstem Auditory Evoked Responses -BAER, Auditory Evoked Potentials- AEP, Electroencephalography- EEG, Laser Evoked Potentials- LEP, Transcranial Evoked Motor Potentials- TcMEP.
The ABES is a sub-agency of the American College of Functional Neurology® (ACFN), a non-profit certification organization dedicated to serving and protecting its stakeholders, which consist of the public and its healthcare members, by certifying excellence in practice. The ABES administers certification examinations and maintains certification renewal processes. The ABES issues a Certificate of Qualification and a Fellowship in Electrodiagnostic Specialties, indicated by the credentials CABES® and FABES® respectively.
Fellowship Credentials – FABES®:
Both FABES® and the term Fellow of the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Specialties are federally protected and trademarked terms to describe the highest level of certification by the ABES.
Fellows must be a licensed health care primary care provider or profession in a healthcare professional field (MD, DO, DC, DPT, ND, PhD, etc), that has completed a minimum of 450 credit hours of training in Electrodiagnostic Specialties in an ACFN approved educational program. Fellows must also have completed a minimum of 2 years of clinical experience in the field of neurology and have successfully passed an ACFN administered, approved, and psychometrically-validated board examination.
The ABES requires that throughout the initial certification and maintenance of certification processes, fellows must have a valid, unexpired, and unencumbered license to practice a primary care discipline in their jurisdiction. Should the provider have a lapse of their license to practice, or have it encumbered for any reason, it is the provider’s responsibility to report that information to the ACFN. Failure to report license expiration or encumbrance may result in removal from the registry and/or denial for renewal of credentials.
Certificate of Qualification – CABES®
CABES®: Certificate-Holder of the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Specialties® are federally protected and trademarked terms to describe an individual that has met the criteria set forth by the ACFN and the ABES to hold a certificate of qualification.
Certificate of Qualification holders must have completed a minimum of 250 hours in Electrodiagnostic Specialties, have successfully passed an ACFN administered, approved, and psychometrically-validated board examination, but do not meet all of the criteria set forth by the ACFN to be a FABES. Often these individuals are assistants to health care providers or practice in a discipline that is not eligible for a Fellowship per the ACFN bylaws.
The ACFN and ABES demand a recertification process that is necessary to maintain the Certificate of Qualification and Fellowship Status with the Registry. Registry members must pay a registration and examination fee, and re-certify by July 1 of odd number years with a demonstration of competency including a minimum of 25 hours of continuing education in a board-approved educational program; submitting an annotated bibliography of 6 peer-reviewed and published articles pertaining to electrodiagnostic testing and/or peripheral or central neurological disorders. The article must have been published in the biennium period prior to the renewal period; paying recertification dues, and completing a job-analysis survey. Fellows must also recertify by examination every 10 years.
The American College of Functional Neurology®, American Board of Electrodiagnostic Specialties®, FABES®, CABES® are actively used and registered trademarks of the American College of Functional Neurology, Inc.