PROVISIONS FOR GOVERNANCE OF THE CODE
PROPOSALS TO AMEND THE CODE
2.2. Proposals concerning Appendices I–VII, i.e. proposals to conserve, protect, or reject names (Art. 14.12, F.2.1, 56.2, and F.7.1), proposals to suppress works (Art. 34.1), and requests for decisions (Art. 38.4 and 53.4), are submitted by publication (see Prov. 1.4) to the General Committee.
2.3. At least three years prior to an International Botanical Congress, the Rapporteur-général publishes an announcement that proposals to amend the Code may be published between specified dates.
2.4. Approximately six months prior to an International Botanical Congress, a synopsis of proposals to amend the Code is published. It is compiled by the Rapporteur-général and Vice-rapporteur, includes their comments on the proposals, and may include opinions of the Permanent Nomenclature Committees on certain proposals.
2.5. A guiding vote on proposals to amend the Code is organized by the Bureau of Nomenclature in conjunction with the International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT) to coincide with the publication of the synopsis of proposals. No accumulation or transfer of votes is permissible in this vote. The following persons are entitled to vote:
(a) individual members of the IAPT;
(b) authors of proposals to amend the Code;
(c) members of the Permanent Nomenclature Committees.
2.6. The purpose of the guiding vote is to advise the Nomenclature Section of the International Botanical Congress of the level of support for proposals to amend the Code. The results of the vote and any Permanent Nomenclature Committee opinions are provided at the Nomenclature Section (see also Prov. 5.5).