Update as of April 16, 2021: Update on IBCLC Retired and Inactive Status in 2021 for IBCLCs who do not plan to recertify.

IBLCE announced on our website and in briefings beginning June 2019 that it is introducing two new options in 2021 for IBCLCs who do not plan to recertify when their certification expires: IBCLC Retired Status and Inactive Status.

Like many other organisations, IBLCE’s operations were impacted by the pandemic, and therefore we are updating the implementation timeline for the IBCLC Retired Status and the Inactive Status.

The IBCLC Retired Status will be implemented this year, and we will share more information about this status soon. 

The implementation of Inactive Status is being moved to 2022, with more details coming later this year. In 2021, IBLCE still has the Lapsed Status, in which you can sit the examination without meeting the initial candidate eligibility criteria within the year after your certification expires. Learn more about Lapsed Status in the Recertification Guide (page 20).

We will share new information as it becomes available. Please continue to check for the latest news on the COVID-19 Resource Centre.

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