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Working Groups

Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB)

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 chaired and co-chaired by voting members with human health and animal health expertise.  External stakeholders are contacted to participate on closed WG group calls 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, while new WGs are established based on any new tasks assigned.  The PACCARB WGs and status are listed below in chronological order of establishment:

Working Groups of the National Action Plan on Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (CARB) (status: on standby)

Report: Initial Assessments of the National Action Plan on CARB. Voted and approved at the March 2016 public meeting.  

Working Group #1 on Antibiotic Stewardship

  • Mission:  Provide the full Advisory Council a summary of findings on the federal and non-federal efforts to slow the emergence of resistant bacteria and prevent the spread of resistant infections.

Working Group #2 on One Health Surveillance

  • Mission:  Provide the full Advisory Council a summary of findings on the federal and non-federal efforts to strengthen national One Health surveillance efforts to combat resistance.

Working Group #3 on Diagnostic Innovations

  • Mission:  Provide the full Advisory Council a summary of findings on the federal and non-federal efforts to advance development and use of rapid and innovative diagnostic tests for identification and characterization of resistant bacteria.

Working Group #4 on Treatment, Prevention, and Control Research & Development

  • Mission:  Provide the full Advisory Council a summary of findings on federal and non-federal efforts to accelerate basic and applied research and development for new antibiotics, other therapeutics, and vaccines.

Working Group #5 on International Collaboration on CARB

  • Mission:  Provide the full Advisory Council a summary of findings on the federal and non-federal efforts to improve international collaboration and capacities for antibiotic resistance, prevention, surveillance, control, and antibiotic research and development.

Working Groups on Incentives for the Development of Products to Combat Antibiotic Resistance (status: on standby)

Report: Recommendations for Incentivizing the Development of Vaccines, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics to Combat Antibiotic-Resistance. Voted and approved at the September 2017 public meeting.

Working Group on Incentives for the Development of Vaccines

  • Mission: Determine the best ways to incentivize the development of vaccines for both humans and animals while maximizing the return on investment, and still encouraging appropriate stewardship and access to products.

Working Group on Incentives for the Development of Diagnostics

  • Mission: Determine the best ways to incentivize the development of rapid diagnostics for both humans and animals while maximizing the return on investment, and still encouraging appropriate stewardship and access to products.

Working Group on Incentives for the Development of Therapeutics/Alternatives

  • Mission: Determine the best ways to incentivize the development of therapeutics and anti-infectives (including alternatives to antibiotics) for both humans and animals while maximizing the return on investment, and still encouraging appropriate stewardship and access to products.

Working Group on Infection Prevention and Stewardship (status: active)

Report: In-progress

  • Mission: Critically explore and evaluate federal programs related to infection prevention and stewardship for animal and human health.

Immediate Action Subcommittee (status: active)

Draft letter to be deliberated and voted on by the PACCARB at the Jan 24, 2018, public meeting

  • Mission: Provide recommendations addressing topics of immediate concern related to antibiotic resistance.
Content created by Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH)
Content last reviewed on December 14, 2017