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The GAC regularly considers a broad range of public policy issues impacting the DNS and other matters regarding the functions of ICANN. This work can result in consensus advice for the ICANN Board or public comment guidance to the ICANN community. This part of the website shares information related to those ongoing topics and activities.

Early Engagement Policy Document - IRTP D

Policy Development Process (PDP) Update

Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Part D (PDP) Update

July 2016


Following the successful work of the Implementation Review Team, the implementation proposal is currently open for comment until 8 January 2016.


The Inter‐Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP) is a consensus policy that provides a straightforward procedure for domain name holders to transfer domain names between registrars. An overall review of this policy started in 2007 and the final effort, IRTP Part D is under way since 2013. The WG’s Final Report contains 18 Recommendations, including*:

  • The statute of limitation to launch a TDRP be extended from 6 to 12 months;
  • If a request for enforcement is initiated under the TDRP, the relevant domain should be ‘locked’ against further transfers;
  • Not to develop dispute options for registrants as part of the current TDRP;
  • That the TDRP be modified to eliminate the First (Registry) Level of the TDRP;
  • The WG does not recommend the elimination of FOAs;
  • The WG also recommended that, once all IRTP recommendations are implemented the GNSO Council, together with ICANN staff, to convene a panel to collect, discuss, and analyze relevant data to determine whether these enhancements have improved the IRTP process and dispute mechanisms, and identify possible remaining shortcomings.

*Please note that these are extracts from a non-exhaustive list, see Final Report for details.


The Public Comment Period closed on 1 December 2014 and a Report of Public Comment has been posted. The GAC was notified to provide input in case public policy issues were raised by the IRTP Part D PDP Recommendations. The ICANN Board adopted the recommendations on 12 February 2015.

Following the adoption of the recommendations by the ICANN Board, an Implementation Review Team was to work with ICANN staff on the development of the implementation plan and updated Transfer Dispute Resolution Policy (TDRP).  The Implementation Review Team, in conjunction with ICANN staff, worked together to develop a revised TDRP as well as a revised Transfer Policy.  The revised versions of the TDRP and Transfer Policy went out for public comment on 10 November 2015, and public comment closed on 21 December 2015.  The updated TDRP and Transfer Policy were announced 1 June 2016 with an effective date of 1 December 2016.


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