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Your Input Requested: Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Part B Initial Report | Opening of Public Comment Forum

Updated: 20 July 2010

The Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP) Part B Policy Development Process (PDP) Working published its Initial Report on 29 May 2010. Today a public comment forum opens for a twenty-day period as prescribed by the ICANN by-laws (now extended for an additional two weeks). The IRTP Part B WG is looking for your input on the Initial Report and in particular on the preliminary conclusions and recommendations put forward in the report, including a proposed Expedited Transfer Reverse Policy. All those interested are encouraged to provide their input so that the WG can take these into account when finalizing its report following the closing of the public comment forum.


The IRTP Part B Policy Development Process (PDP) is the second in a series of five PDPs that address areas for improvements in the existing Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy. The Working Group was tasked to address five issues focusing on issues related to domain hijacking, the urgent return of an inappropriately transferred name and “lock status”.

The Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP) aims to provide a straightforward procedure for domain name holders to transfer their names from one ICANN-accredited registrar to another should they wish to do so. The policy also provides standardized requirements for registrar handling of such transfer requests from domain name holders. The policy is an existing community consensus policy that was implemented in late 2004 and is now being reviewed by the GNSO.

Deadline and how to submit comments

Comments are welcome via e-mail to until 25 July 2010 8 August 2010.

Access to the public comment forum from which comments can be posted can be found at

An archive of all comments received will be publicly posted at

Further information

IRTP Part B PDP Initial Report – [PDF, 765 KB]

Translations of the Executive Summary:

Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP) –

Staff responsible: Marika Konings

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