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

Established in September 2015

The Advisory Councilexternal icon provides recommendations to the Health and Human Services Secretary on federal programs and policies to combat antibiotic resistance. It was created in response to Executive Order 13676.

Detecting, preventing, and controlling antibiotic resistance requires a strategic, coordinated, and sustained effort.

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The Advisory Council includes human and animal health experts from a variety of fields, including:

  • Agriculture
  • Pharmacy
  • Biomedicine
  • Public health
  • Veterinary health
  • Healthcare
  • Epidemiology


Advice and recommendations will be used to, for example:

  • Preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics by improving their use
  • Advance research to develop improved methods for combating antibiotic resistance and conducting antibiotic stewardship
  • Improve tracking of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant germs
  • Prevent the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections
  • Improve research on new treatments for infections
  • Develop alternatives to antibiotics for use in food animals
  • Provide up-to-date information on the proper use of antibiotics to the general public and human and animal healthcare providers
  • Improve international coordination to combat antibiotic resistance