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NABP Executes Registry Agreement with ICANN for Pharmacy Domain

Tuesday, July 1, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shannon Glaittli
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Consumers Worldwide Will Soon Have New Tool for Finding Safe Internet Pharmacies


As the registry operator of the new .pharmacy domain, NABP, under a contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), will soon provide a means for identifying safe online pharmacies and resources. Under the Association’s Registry Agreement, executed with ICANN on June 19, 2014, the new .pharmacy generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) will be available only to legitimate online pharmacies and related entities located in the United States or other countries. The Registry Agreement also includes a number of safeguards intended to protect consumers around the world.

NABP plans to launch the .pharmacy gTLD by fall 2014, and is currently operationalizing policies to ensure that only legitimate website operators that adhere to pharmacy laws in the jurisdictions in which they are based and to which they sell medicine will be able to register domain names in .pharmacy. These eligibility requirements for the .pharmacy gTLD were developed in partnership with a global coalition of stakeholders and address a shared concern about illegal online drug sellers distributing products that endanger patient health worldwide.

The next step for the .pharmacy gTLD is the registry onboarding process, which includes performance of pre-delegation testing to ensure that NABP and its technical partners have the capacity to operate the new .pharmacy gTLD in a stable and secure manner. Additionally, as the registry operator, NABP will contract with registrars that agree to ensure domain name registrants are in compliance with the established .pharmacy standards.

The full press release is available in the News section of the NABP website. For more information about the .Pharmacy gTLD Program, visitwww.dotpharmacy.net.

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