Massachusetts Physicians CE Requirements, Accreditations & Approvals

Massachusetts Physicians

In support of improving patient care, NetCE is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine accepts courses from any provider who is ACCME-accredited and awards AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Continuing Education Requirement

MDs and DOs are required 50 hours of either Category 1 or Category 2, every two years.
Requirements for renewal include:

  • Ten (10) hours in risk management.*
  • Three (3) hours in pain management for physicians who prescribe controlled substances.
  • Two (2) hours in Board regulations (reviewing 243 CMR 1.00 through 3.00).

One-time requirements include:

Prior to issuing written certifications for the medical use of marijuana, certifying healthcare providers have a one-time requirement of at least 2 Category 1 hours on the proper use of marijuana, including side effects, dosage, and contraindications, including with psychotropic drugs, as well as on substance abuse recognition, diagnosis, and treatment related to medical marijuana.

* Implicit bias in health care, end-of-life care, and electronic health records courses may be used to satisfy the risk management requirement.

**Licensees may complete the free training available online at

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Please contact the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine at (781) 876-8200, or refer to and for additional information regarding your continuing education.