The Pango Nomenclature is run by two committees, the Pango Committee (PC) and the Lineage Designation Commitee (LDC).
Each committee has a chair, deputy chair, and members. Information about current members of the PC and LDC can be found here.
The functions of the Pango Committee are to:
- Maintain, uphold, and amend the rules of the Pango nomenclature system.
- Consider suggested rule changes, from the LDC or elsewhere. Ratify or reject rule changes and explain those decisions.
- Publish the Pango system rules and rule changes.
- Publish the unreserved minutes of PC meetings.
- Consider lineage designations proposed by the LDC and evaluate whether they are consistent with the rules of the Pango system.
- Consider and publish the lineage designations.
- Receive enquiries about the the Pango system. Technical questions may be passed to the LDC.
- Provide resources to explain how the system works.
The functions of the Lineage Designation Committee are to:
- Analyse available SARS-CoV-2 genome data and develop lineage designations according to the rules of the Pango nomenclature system.
- Communicate proposed designations to the PC.
- Consider requests for new lineages or other changes (currently via GitHub issue requests).
- Propose new rules or rule changes to the PC as appropriate.
- Maintain computational tools for the classification of new genome sequences.
- Respond to requests for information from the PC.
In addition, non-voting observer members may join the committees in order to:
- Keep key members of the genomic epidemiology community aware of Pango developments.
- Ensure a communication channel between Pango and other stakeholders.
- Enable the Pango Committee to benefit from advice, opinions and experience of observer members.