New gTLD Safeguard Categories

In the context of ICANN’s ANNEX 2 – ICANN NGPC RESOLUTION NO. 2014.02.05.NG01 and the consequent changes in Registry-Registrar Agreements there is a clear onus on registrants to comply with possession / retention of credentials rules for participation in the sector associated with a Registry TLD string.

Further to ICANN’s Beijing GAC and the matter of safeguard categories.

“b. Safeguard Advice for New gTLDs – To reinforce existing processes for raising and addressing concerns the GAC is providing safeguard advice to apply to broad categories of strings (see Annex I).”
Beijing GAC Communique

The recommended safeguards are now listed formally, here is an extract;-

6. Registry operators will include a provision in their Registry-Registrar Agreements that requires Registrars to include in their Registration Agreements a provision requiring a representation that the Registrant possesses any necessary authorisations, charters, licenses and/or other related credentials for participation in the sector associated with the Registry TLD string.

7. If a Registry Operator receives a complaint expressing doubt with regard to the authenticity of licenses or credentials, Registry Operators should consult with relevant national supervisory authorities, or their equivalents regarding the authenticity. ANNEX 2 – ICANN NGPC RESOLUTION NO. 2014.02.05.NG01

8. Registry operators will include a provision in their Registry-Registrar Agreements that requires Registrars to include in their Registration Agreements a provision requiring Registrants to report any material changes to the validity of the Registrants’ authorisations, charters, licenses and/or other related credentials for participation in the sector associated with the Registry TLD string in order to ensure they continue to conform to appropriate regulations and licensing requirements and generally conduct their activities in the interests of the consumers they serve.

Full Text as pdf
http://www.icann.org/en/groups/board/documents/resolutions-new-gtld-annex-2-05feb14-en.pdf