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PDP Transfer Policy Review

Last Updated:
30 June 2021

Please note that the documents linked below related to the PDP are provided for informational purposes. Some documents are produced by the GNSO and others are not. To learn about the materials on the Active Project pages, please see this overview.

Background

The Transfer Policy, formerly referred to as the Inter‐Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP), is an ICANN consensus policy governing the procedure and requirements for registrants to transfer their domain names from one registrar to another.

On April 22, 2019, ICANN Org delivered the Transfer Policy Status Report to the GNSO Council pursuant to Recommendation 18 of the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP) Part D PDP Working Group's Final Report. Recommendation 18 states, "[t]he Working Group recommends that contracted parties and ICANN should start to gather data and other relevant information that will help inform a future IRTP review team in its efforts."

During its meeting on September 19, 2019, the GNSO Council agreed to launch a call for volunteers for a Transfer Policy Review Scoping Team. The Scoping Team was tasked with advising the GNSO Council by providing recommendations on the approach to the review (for example, by initiating a new PDP), the composition of the review team or PDP working group, and the scope of the review and future policy work related to the Transfer Policy.

On April 6, 2020, the Transfer Policy Review Scoping Team delivered its Transfer Policy Review Scoping Paper to the GNSO Council for its consideration. The Scoping Team recommended that the GNSO Council instruct ICANN Policy staff to draft an Issues Report, outlining, et.al., the issues described in its Scoping Report. On 23 June 2020, the GNSO Council voted to approve a motion requesting a Preliminary Issue Report, for delivery as expediously as possible, on the issues idenfied in the Transfer Policy Initial Scoping Paper, to assist in determining whether a PDP or series of PDPs should be initated regarding changes to the Transfer Policy.

On 18 February 2021, The GNSO Council passed a resoluton to iniate a two-phased PDP to review the Transfer Policy. The PDP working group is tasked with determining if changes to the policy are needed to improve the ease, security, and efficacy of inter-registrar and inter-registrant transfers.

See the latest update of current PDP efforts in the GNSO Policy Briefing here.

Status

Working Group Status

Web Presence

Responsible Staff Members

  • Emily Barabas
  • Julie Hedlund
  • Caitlin Tubergen

Working Group Members & Leadership and GNSO Liaison

For the latest information and status on this project:

GNSO Council Request for Preliminary Issue Report

Adopted on: 24 June 2020

Summary: The GNSO Council hereby requests the preparation of a Preliminary Issue Report, for delivery as expeditiously as possible, on the issues identified in the Transfer Policy Initial Scoping Paper, to assist in determining whether a PDP or series of PDPs should be initiated regarding changes to the Transfer Policy.

Resolution

Preliminary Issue Report

Submitted on: 12 October 2020

Final Issue Report

Submitted on: 12 January 2021

GNSO Resolution on the Initiation of the PDP:

Adopted on: 18 February 2021

Summary: The GNSO Council hereby initiates a two-phased PDP to Review the Transfer Policy which will determine if changes to the policy are needed to improve the ease, security, and efficacy of inter-registrar and inter-registrant transfers.

The GNSO Council requests that the PDP Working Group be convened as soon as possible after the adoption of the PDP Working Group Charter in order to fulfill the requirements of this PDP.

Resolution

Working Group Charter

Adopted on: 24 March 2021

Input from Supporting Organizations/Advisory Committees and GNSO Stakeholder Groups/Constituencies

  • TBD

Working Group Initial Report

Submitted on: TBD

Working Group Supplemental Initial Report

Submitted on: TBD

Working Group Draft Final Report

Submitted on: TBD

Working Group Final Report

Submitted on: TBD

GNSO Adoption of the Final Report

Adopted on: TBD

GNSO Council Report to the ICANN Board

Adopted on: TBD

Public Comment Prior to ICANN Board Consideration

Submitted on: TBD

Notification by the ICANN Board to the GAC to Request Input on Whether Policy Recommendations Raise Public Policy Issues

Submitted on: TBD

Board Paper

Submitted on: TBD

ICANN Board Resolution Text

Adopted on: TBD

Notice of Policy Actions

Adopted on: TBD

Implementation Details

  • TBD

Additional Information