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The UK Antarctic Place-names Committee (APC) considers proposals and makes recommendations for place-names within the British Antarctic Territory (BAT), that part of the Antarctic that is south of 60°S and extending from 20°W to 80°W. The APC also considers and recommends names for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

Following endorsement by the Commissioner of the British Antarctic Territory, names can then be used in reports, publications, maps and charts.

In addition, the APC considers names for features within the sector of Antarctica between 80°W and 150°W. Where place-names are proposed for features elsewhere in Antarctica, the APC considers the proposals;  if the place-names are considered acceptable the, APC liaises with the place-naming authorities of other countries.

Names for underwater features, which are within 12 miles of the coast, or ice shelves, which are important to navigation, are dealt with by the APC. Names for features more than 12 miles offshore are dealt with by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO).