Committee Opinion
Number 567, July 2013
(Replaces No. 408, June 2008)


Committee on Gynecologic Practice
Committee on Obstetric Practice
Committee on Professional Liability
This document provides risk management information that is current as of the date issued and is subject to change. This document does not define a standard of care nor should it be interpreted as legal advice.


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Professional Liability and Gynecology-Only Practice

ABSTRACT: Fellows of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists may choose to limit the scope of their practices to gynecology and, accordingly, may choose not to carry professional liability coverage for obstetrics. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists considers early pregnancy care to be within the scope of gynecology and gynecologic practice. Liability insurers that provide coverage for gynecology-only practices should provide coverage for clinical practice activities that involve the management of first-trimester and early second-trimester pregnancy and its complications.


Fellows of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists may choose to limit the scope of their practices to gynecology and, accordingly, may choose not to carry professional liability coverage for obstetrics. However, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists considers early pregnancy care to be within the scope of gynecology and gynecologic practice. Management of early pregnancy failure, ectopic pregnancy, spontaneous or elective abortion, and early prenatal care may be properly undertaken in such practices. Liability insurers that provide coverage for gynecology-only practices should provide coverage for clinical practice activities that involve the management of first-trimester and early second-trimester pregnancy and its complications.

Copyright July 2013 by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 409 12th Street, SW, PO Box 96920, Washington, DC 20090-6920. All rights reserved.

ISSN 1074-861X

Professional liability and gynecology-only practice. Committee Opinion No. 567. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Obstet Gynecol 2013;122:186.