What is the Transfer Emergency Action Contact (TEAC)?

The Transfer Emergency Action Contact (“TEAC“) is a contact that each registrar must provide to ICANN through ICANN’s Radar Interface. This contact is to be used by other registrars, ICANN and the registries if there’s a need to quickly address issues with domain transfers between two registrars. The contact must respond (non-automated) to inquiries within four hours, though the final resolution may take longer.

The TEAC is part of the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP).

What is the ICANN FOA (Form of Authorization)?

The FOA (Form of Authorization) is an ICANN mandated message (basically an Email template) that the registrar needs to send to the “registered name holder” when an incoming (gaining) or outgoing (losing) transfer request is received.

The gaining side FOA is used in order to obtain the registered domain holder’s permission in order to transfer a name from another registrar to yours. The losing side FOA is used when another registrar has requested a transfer out for a domain that was previously held under your registrar. While the transfer out is auto-completed after five days. this gives the domain holder another chance to review the transfer that is going to happen to make sure it is happening with his knowledge.

The emails form part of the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP).