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You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CDC-2012-0011 by any of the following methods:
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The Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (ITFAR) was created in 1999 in recognition of the increasing importance of antimicrobial resistance (AR) as a public health threat. The ITFAR coordinates the activities of federal agencies in addressing antimicrobial resistance (AR) and is co-chaired by HHS/CDC, HHS/FDA, and HHS/NIH. Other HHS Task Force members include the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health (HHS/OASH). Non-HHS Task Force members include the Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
In 2001, the ITFAR developed an initial Action Plan to combat AR. This Plan, titled “A Public Health Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance”, outlined specific goals, actions, and implementation steps important for addressing the problem of antimicrobial resistance. Action items were organized into four focus areas: Surveillance, Prevention and Control, Research, and Product Development. The Action Plan and Annual Report are available at
The public meeting process provides an opportunity for the public to comment on the activities of the ITFAR to date. In addition, the ITFAR invites written comments or oral presentations by interested persons on the Annual Report as well as the four focus areas of the Action Plan: Surveillance, Prevention and Control, Research, and Product Development. Written comments should be submitted following the instructions provided in
Comments and suggestions from the public on the Annual Report or any of the focus areas of the Action Plan will be reviewed and carefully considered by the ITFAR. The public should be aware that this meeting agenda does not include development of consensus positions, guidelines, interrogatories, or discussions or endorsement of specific commercial products.
Participants are asked to preregister to ensure sufficient space. Seating capacity is limited to 200 persons. Those wishing to make an oral presentation during the open public comment period of the hearing should state your intention to present on your registration submission. To register, please send an electronic mail message to
The Hubert H. Humphrey Building is the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is located at the foot of Capitol Hill at 200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201. The Humphrey Building is served by Metrorail and Metrobus. The closest Metrorail station is the Federal Center SW station, which is served by the Blue and Orange lines.
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All persons entering the building must pass through a metal detector. Visitors are issued a visitor's ID wristband in the main lobby and are escorted in groups of five to the meeting room. All items brought to HHS are subject to inspection.