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PDP Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy-D Working Group

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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.


The Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP) is a consensus policy adopted in 2004 to provide a straightforward procedure for domain name holders to transfer domain names between registrars. An overall review of this policy identified areas that require clarification or improvement. At its meeting on 17 October 2012, the GNSO Council requested an Issue Report on the remaining items which include:

  • Whether reporting requirements for registries and dispute providers should be developed, in order to make precedent and trend information available to the community and allow reference to past cases in dispute submissions;
  • Whether additional provisions should be included in the TDRP (Transfer Dispute Resolution Policy) on how to handle disputes when multiple transfers have occurred;
  • Whether dispute options for registrants should be developed and implemented as part of the policy (registrants currently depend on registrars to initiate a dispute on their behalf);
  • Whether requirements or best practices should be put into place for registrars to make information on transfer dispute resolution options available to registrant;
  • Whether existing penalties for policy violations are sufficient or if additional provisions/penalties for specific violations should be added into the policy;
  • Whether the universal adoption and implementation of EPP AuthInfo codes has eliminated the need of FOAs.


Workinggroup Status

Web Presence:

Responsible Staff Member:

  • Marika Konings

Policy Issues Arising from Transfer Review:

Submitted on: 23 August 2007

PDP Grouping Report:

Submitted on: 19 March 2008

Preliminary Issue Report:

Submitted on 12 November 2012

Final Issue Report:

Submitted on: 8 January 2013

GNSO Resolution on the Initiation of the PDP:

Adopted on: 17 January 2013

Initiation of a Policy Development Process (PDP) on the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP) Part D


The Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP) is an existing consensus policy under review by the GNSO;

The GNSO Transfers Working Group identified a number of issues in its review of the current Policy and those issues have been grouped into suggested PDPs, set A-E, as per the Council's resolution of 8 May 2008;

The GNSO Council requested an Issue Report on IRTP Part D at its meeting on 17 October 2012 (see;

A Preliminary Issue Report on IRTP Part D was published on 14 November 2012 for public comment (see;

A Final Issue Report on IRTP Part D was published on 8 January 2012 (see

The Final Issue Report recommends that the GNSO Council proceed with a Policy Development Process limited to consideration of the issues discussed in this report, and the General Counsel of ICANN

Working Group Charter:

Adopted on: 17 January 2013

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

Working Group Initial Report:

Submitted on: 03 March 2014

Working Group Final Report:

Submitted on: 25 September 2014

GNSO Adoption of the Final Report:

Adopted on: 15 October 2014

Summary: Resolved The GNSO Council recommends to the ICANN Board of Directors the adoption of the IRTP Part D recommendations (#1 to #18) as detailed in the IRTP Part D Final Report …..… [see link for details]

GNSO Council Report to the ICANN Board:

Submitted on: 5 January 2015

Public Comment Prior to ICANN Board Consideration:

Submitted on: 20 October 2014

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

Submitted on: 10 November 2014

Board Paper:

Submitted on: 12 February 2015

ICANN Board Resolution Text:

Adopted on: 12 February 2015

Summary: On 12 February 2015 the ICANN adopted the recommendations of the IRTP Part D Final Report (see link below for full text).

Notice of Policy Actions:

Adopted on: 12 February 2015

Implementation Details:

  • TBD

Additional Information: