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Specific Reviews are anchored in Article 4.6 of the ICANN Bylaws. They are conducted by community-led review teams which assess ICANN’s performance in reaching its commitments. Reviews are critical to helping ICANN achieve its mission as detailed in Article 1 of the Bylaws.
Here is a listing of the Specific Reviews and key resources for each:
Accountability and Transparency Review (ATRT)
Security, Stability and Resiliency of the Domain Name System (DNS) Review (SSR)
Registration Directory Service Review, formerly known as “WHOIS” (RDS/WHOIS)
Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review (CCT)
A substantial amount of work goes into planning for each review and implementing the recommendation that they deliver. As a result, the time it takes to plan, execute, and implement review recommendations can take from 36 to 51 months.
Detailed Review Process Flow
Reviews follow a process of many steps with multiple stakeholders. To help make sense of it, we have broken down the process with a visual flow to help you connect the dots. Please click here to understand how Specific Reviews work.
Timing of Specific Reviews
ICANN Bylaws require that each of the Specific Reviews (except for the CCT Review) shall be conducted no less frequently than every five years measured from the date the previous review team was convened. In the case of the CCT Review, ICANN Bylaws Section 4.6(d)(ii) dictate: “After a New gTLD Round has been in operation for one year, the Board shall cause a competition, consumer trust and consumer choice review as specified in this Section 4.6(d).