20(e) Provide a description of the applicant's intended registration policies in support of the community-based purpose of the applied-for gTLD
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1. POLICY PRINCIPLES
The .MED registration policy is inspired by the principles reflected by the
Hippocratic Oath, as well as ʺmedical best practicesʺ established by various
national and international organizations and institutions. These establish
the obligation imposed upon the registrant to respect the interests of
patients as well as the medical deontology.
Given the fact that the registration of domain names will be monitored at
all times by the .MED Registry Operator, these principles will apply during
the registration process, but also as regards the use the registrant is
making of such domain name.
Please see our response to Question 20 (c) for more information.
Any credential and valid evidence of eligibility will be only requested by
the Medical Clearinghouse after the domain name has been registered.
Multiple verifications may occur, in particular if the registrant creates
domain names for different medical activities or purposes.
Registrants cannot be anonymous in that sense that they have to provide
accurate and full-contact information to the Registry Operator, which
information will be published in the .MED Whois.
In order to register a domain name, the candidate registrant must certify
that he or she is a health-care professional who is licensed to practice in
the country where he purports to be working. Any such information will need
to be reported to the Medical Clearinghouse, operated by HEXAP, and must be
kept up-to-date at all times throughout the lifecycle of the domain name.
Any domain name registered in .MED must be used in the best interest of
patients or other health care practitioners. Parking domain names will not
Any registered domain name must also contain either an MX or an A, CNAME or
AAA record in order to be able to use it and refer users to a website whose
content is related to human health. Such website can but must not
necessarily be a website under a .MED domain name.
Furthermore, HEXAP intends to establish domain name registration policies
and acceptable use policies that will allow HEXAP to put domain names on
hold or even revoke any such names if and to the extent they are:
- defamatory or are being used for defamatory purposes;
- harming the reputation and good name of the .MED TLD, or are used for
- are infringing trademark or other intellectual property rights of third
Furthermore, the registrant of a domain name will be committed to serve and
share information aimed at patients, always considering the best interests
of patients, their dignity and privacy. The registrant commits to provide
information in accordance with the state of the art (scientific sources),
and that is honest, clear, appropriate and meets the needs of patients with
whom they engage under the .MED domain name.
The holder of a domain name undertakes to respect his peers, colleagues and
competitors with whom he communicates by using the .MED platform.
When registering a domain name, the registrant must acknowledge that
complaints can be filed with the Registry Operator or Medical Clearinghouse
for various reasons, including but not limited to a breach of the
eligibility requirements, if the information of the registrant is inaccurate
or no longer up-to-date, non-compliance with the Registry Operatorʹs
policies, trademark infringement, impersonation, illegal activities, etc.
Furthermore, the registrant must acknowledge that any supervising authority
will be entitled to request the Registry Operator to suspend a domain name
if such domain name is used in an illegal manner, or if the registrant no
longer meets the eligibility requirements.
The domain name must be composed of 3 to 63 characters, case insensitive,
alphanumeric characters and may consist of hyphens (however: a domain name
cannot begin or end with a hyphen), and contain the name or the name of
holder, its brand, business identifier or company name. Eligible
practitioners are entitled to include a prefix or suffix to their name, such
as a civilian, military, academic or honorary title, specialization, degree,
location where they are practicing medicine, etc.
5. PREMIUM DOMAINS
As part of the landrush, the Registry Operator may release so-called
ʺpremium domain namesʺʺ to any person or entity that meets the eligibility
requirements, provided that:
- the use that is made of such domain name complies with the rules of good
- the domain name chosen is consistent with the exercise or holderʹs name;
- the domain name will only be used for the benefit of patients; and
- the domain name cannot cause confusion about the profession of the
registrant or its field of activities.
These rules of conduct continue to apply throughout the life cycle of the
premium domain name.
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