Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance
The Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance was initiated in 1999 following a congressional hearing on the topic "Antimicrobial Resistance: Solutions to a Growing Public Health Problem." The Task Force brings together multiple federal agencies to address the complex issue of antimicrobial resistance.
Currently, representatives from twelve federal agencies participate as members of the Task Force.
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
• Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
• National Institutes of Health (NIH)
• Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
• Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
• Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
• Department of Agriculture (USDA)
• Department of Defense (DoD)
• Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
• Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
• Health and Human Services/Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
• Health and Human Services/Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Public Health Action Plan
The Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (ITFAR) has published the 2012 Update of A Public Health Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance. The Action Plan, originally published in 2001, and revised in 2011, is a blueprint for specific, coordinated federal actions to address the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance in the United States. The Action Plan addresses the four areas of Federal action: surveillance, prevention and control, research and product development. The Action Plan provides a listing of projects that the participating Federal agencies and departments are pursuing or planning to pursue in an effort to respond to the complex public health risk posed by antimicrobial resistance.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention