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Commission on Biochemical Nomenclature (JCBN)
Terms of Reference
- To maintain and develop naming systems for
classes of natural product of interest to biochemists, especially
steroids, amino acids and peptides, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic
- To maintain and develop standards for symbolism
to be used in databases for biopolymers.
- To provide advice for biochemists on chemical
names for compounds of biochemical importance.
- To ensure that all recommendations are compatible
with those issued by other nomenclature bodies of IUBMB and IUPAC.
- The Commission considers project
proposals for work to be carried out under its own auspices,
and forwards supported proposals to the IUPAC Secretariat
and to the Chairman of IUBMB's Committee on Publications.
Project review by IUPAC follows standard IUPAC procedures,
involving assessment by external referees and by the appropriate
Division Committee [normally the Division (VIII) of Chemical
Nomenclature and Structure Representation]. Copies of all
reviews obtained are sent to IUBMB, and agreement on approval
and on level and distribution of funding is obtained by
correspondence between IUBMB (via the Publications Committee
Chairman) and the IUPAC Division VIII President. Approved
projects are managed by the Commission.
- Before recommending any resulting
material for publication as an IUBMB-IUPAC document, the
Commission should ensure that the fullest possible consultations
have taken place and the widest possible consensus has been
reached with the appropriate bodies of each Union: for IUPAC,
the Division (VIII) of Chemical Nomenclature and Structure
Representation and the Interdivisional Committee on Terminology,
Nomenclature and Symbols (ICTNS); for IUBMB, the Nomenclature
- Approval to publish any material
as an IUBMB-IUPAC document is to be obtained in the case
of IUPAC from the IUPAC Division VIII Officers and ITCNS,
and in the case of IUBMB from the Executive Committee of
- The Commission normally holds an
annual meeting concurrently with that of NC-IUBMB, and with
the approval of the President of the IUPAC Division of Chemical
Nomenclature and Structure Representation and the Executive
Committee of IUBMB.
- Associate Members will receive all documents of the Commission
and their opinion will be sought by correspondence. An Associate
Member may attend any meeting of the Commission, but his
or her expenses will not be defrayed by the respective Executive
Committee unless he or she has been invited as an observer
under item 6.
- The Commission is entitled to invite observers from similar
bodies and experts in special fields to attend the meeting.
The IUPAC Division President or the IUBMB Executive Committee
should be asked in advance to defray any expenses that would
arise from such an invitation.
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