The Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) is a federal advisory committee assembled to provide advice and guidance to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding the practice of infection control and strategies for surveillance, prevention, and control of healthcare-associated infections, antimicrobial resistance and related events in United States healthcare settings. The primary activity of the Committee is to provide advice on periodic updating of existing CDC guidelines and development of new CDC guidelines. Additionally, this advice may take the form of resolutions or informal communications.
HICPAC is made up of 14 external infection control experts who offer guidance regarding the practice of health care infection control, strategies for surveillance and prevention and control of health care associated infections in United States health care facilities. Members are recommended by the CDC and appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services from experts in the fields of infectious diseases, healthcare epidemiology, healthcare-associated infections and healthcare-related events, epidemiology, health policy, health services research, public health, and related fields.
In addition to members, HICPAC also consists of non-voting Ex-officio members (HICPAC Ex-officios) who represent other federal agencies and non-voting liaison representatives (HICPAC liaisons) from professional societies, consumer groups, public health organizations, and other organizations.
The Designated Federal Officer (DFO), also referred to as the Executive Secretary, is a permanent federal employee assigned to HICPAC and is responsible for the Committee’s overall management including compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The Committee Management Specialist (CMS) is also assigned to HICPAC to work with the DFO on committee management including administrative aspects.
HICPAC in-person meetings occur 3 times per year. All HICPAC meetings are open for the public to attend and there is dedicated time on each agenda for public attendees to provide comments. Meeting dates and locations are posted a year in advance on the CDC HICPAC website and meeting notices are published in the Federal Register at least 15 calendar days before each meeting.