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IUBMB-IUPAC Joint Commission on Biochemical Nomenclature (JCBN)

Terms of Reference

(i) To consider the nomenclature and symbolic representation of natural products and related compounds including synthetic analogs and, where appropriate, to make recommendations in conformity with those issued by other nomenclature Commissions of IUBMB and IUPAC.

(ii) Before recommending any material for publication as an IUBMB-IUPAC document, to ensure that the fullest possible consultations have taken place and the widest possible consensus has been reached with the appropriate bodies of the two Unions. For IUPAC, these are the Interdivisional Committee on Nomenclature and Symbols (IDCNS), or, through IDCNS, the appropriate divisional nomenclature Commissions. For IUBMB, these are NC-IUBMB and journal editors.

(iii) Approval to publish any material as an IUBMB-IUPAC document is to be obtained, in the case of IUPAC from IDCNS, and in the case of IUBMB from the Executive Committee of IUBMB.

(iv) The Commission shall normally hold an annual meeting, concurrently with NC-IUBMB, and with the approval of the President of IUPAC and the Executive Committee of IUBMB.

(v) 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 (vi).

(vi) The Commission shall be entitled to invite observers from other Commissions and experts in special fields to attend the meeting. The respective Executive Committee shall be asked in advance to defray any expenses that would arise from such an invitation.


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