This enzyme belongs to the family of transferases, specifically those transferring selenium-containing groups selenotransferases. The systematic name of this enzyme class is selenophosphate:L-seryl-tRNASec selenium transferase. Other names in common use include L-selenocysteinyl-tRNASel synthase, L-selenocysteinyl-tRNASec synthase selenocysteine synthase, cysteinyl-tRNASec-selenium transferase, and cysteinyl-tRNASec-selenium transferase. This enzyme participates in selenoamino acid metabolism. It employs one cofactor, pyridoxal phosphate.