Hello folks, as some of you may already know, last week, ICANN published its revamped Registrar Accreditation application (effective immediately). I thought I’d write a quick snapshot post on this development.
The first glance at the new application tells you that this version is much longer, more comprehensive, and the questions more specific. There’s also more due diligence screening, both on technical and operational aspects of the business. It’s clear that these come from the hard lessons that the industry has learnt over the past few years, including Registrar failures and instances of Registrar/reseller non-compliance.
Let me include in brief, some notes on the changes below:
- Proof of Establishment: And I’m not referring to just the company incorporation certificate. Aspiring Registrars would now also need to show that they’re a credible company backed with sufficient experience and expertise.
- UDRP, IRTP, WDRP Compliance, and Registrar Data Escrow (RDE): ICANN expects the applicant to submit an operational plan to show that their Registrar will always be compliant with all policies and guidelines. Also RDE (which has now been around for a while now) is now officially part of the ICANN Accreditation Application too.
- Financial Stability: This has always been a perceived hurdle for aspiring Registrars where applicants feel they need to pay US$70,000 to ICANN. This has been made clearer now that ICANN only asks the applicant to prove his capability to raise such capital, and sufficient liquid assets reflecting in their balance sheet.
- Security Policy: Learning from a handful of Registrar failures that occurred over the past 2-3 years, ICANN now wants to ensure that such cases never occur again. In the event that this happens, ICANN mandates that the Registrar be prepared with a failover plan (both technical and operational).
This is in no way a comprehensive list of the changes that ICANN has implemented but it does cover the more significant ones. This is the first time in 10 years that the form has been reworked. ICANN says that the introduction of the new form is part of an ongoing improvement process. It’s also a timely update to align the Accreditation process with several changes in the RAA, such as the introduction of Data Escrow mandate.
We believe this is a step in the right direction, in safeguarding the interest of the consumer, but to also bring about more awareness, responsibility and clarity in the Registrar community.
If you have questions about the new process feel free to write us at consult [at] logicboxes.com
P.S.: We’ll soon be announcing an educational webinar, with an industry veteran as our guest speaker. Watch this space for more!