The PACCARB establishes Working Groups (WG) composed of council members and federal representatives based on the task/s assigned by the Secretary of HHS, or priorities set by the Chairs of the PACCARB. Utilizing a consistent One Health approach to address tasks, each WG is co-chaired by voting members with human health and animal health expertise. External stakeholders participate on closed WG group sessions as presenters for fact-finding purposes. Once a WG has completed its task and produced a report with recommendations, that deliverable is presented to the full PACCARB for deliberation and vote at a public meeting. After the draft report has been voted on, the WG is on standby until another task has been assigned, or new WGs are established, as appropriate.
The PACCARB WGs and their most current deliverables are listed below in chronological order of establishment:
Working Group on the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (CARB) (status: active)
- Mission: Explore current policies, review new research findings and discoveries, and identify emerging priorities to inform and support the goals of the National Action Plan for CARB.
Working Group on Strategic Planning (status: active)
- Mission: Collect data and perform outreach to plan and inform the strategic direction of Council tasks.
Working Group on Infection Prevention and Stewardship (status: active)
Report: P&S WG Final Report – for Council vote Sept 26. Voted and approved at the September 26, 2018 public meeting.
- Mission: Critically explore and evaluate federal programs related to infection prevention and stewardship for animal and human health.
Immediate Action Subcommittee (status: on standby)
- Mission: Provide recommendations addressing topics of immediate concern related to antibiotic resistance
Working Group on Incentives for the Development of Products to Combat Antibiotic Resistance (status: on standby)
- Mission: Address the best way to incentivize the development of therapeutics/anti-infectives (including alternatives to antibiotics), rapid diagnostics, and vaccines for both humans and animals.
Working Groups on Goals 1-5 of the National Action Plan (status: inactive)
Report: Initial Assessments of the National Action Plan on CARB. Voted and approved at the March 2016 public meeting.
- Mission: Provide the Advisory Council with a summary of findings on federal and non-federal efforts as they relate to the 5 goals of the NAP.