|Payment & Penalties
Payment of annual fees is a condition of maintaining certification. Fees are paid in advance of the upcoming year. Diplomates are sent several email notices of payment beginning in September of each year.
Fees must be postmarked or paid online by the due date. If not paid on time, the Diplomate will owe an additional late fee and will be classifed as "not in good standing" with ABIH. The Diplomate will be removed from the public roster and also have reduced functionality on the ABIH private web site.
If fees are unpaid for 2 years in a row, the Diplomate will decertified in the 3rd year. When a Diplomate fails to maintain their certification, ABIH sends a written notice of expiration to the person’s current postal mailing address. ABIH publishes the names of persons whose certification has expired or has been revoked.
Annual fees are non-refundable.
Each year, ABIH evaluates the need for a fee increase. Annual fee increases are set primarily based on an annual cost of living adjustment but additional costs may be factored in each year.