.BIO Domain Name Policies

Important Dates

Trademark Claims Period: 21 August 2014 to 19 November 2014

Documents to download

Click here to download the .BIO Domain Name Policy v2 as of May 30, 2014
Click here to download the .BIO Sunrise Dispute Resolution v1 as of June 3, 2014
Click here to download the .BIO Anti Abuse & Trademark Claim Policy Statement.

Organic Agriculture Compliance Mechanisms


The word ‘bio’ covers many different topics and areas, including food, farming and organic agriculture sectors. The .BIO TLD intends to serve all of these topics and areas, while ensuring that national and international organic standards are respected.

The world “bio” has been defined by several national and international regulations as a badge or label that is displayed on product packaging in order to identify certified organic products. However, the organic movement is not limited to certification standards. This movement is also based on core organic agriculture principles that have been formulated by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (“IFOAM”). IFOAM’s Principles of Organic Agriculture (“POA”) aims to inspire the organic movement in its full diversity, and to help steer the development of positions, programs and standards in the organic community. They are used as the principal framework for defining the .BIO registration policies.

In order to apply for a .BIO domain name, the registrant will be required to comply with specific requirements related to organic agriculture compliance mechanisms.

.BIO Authorized Domain Names

.BIO authorized domain names may consist of letters, the digits 0-9, and the hyphen character. The name may not begin or end with a hyphen. It must consist of at least 1, but not more than 63 characters.

Use of a domain name that is barred, prohibited by law or legal proceeding in any jurisdiction, or is considered to be defamatory will be subject to revocation of the domain name by the registry operator.

All two-character ASCII domain names, such as “de.BIO” or “ch.BIO”, will be withheld from registration or allocated to the registry operator. Such domain names may not be activated in the DNS, and may not be released for registration to any person or entity other than the registry operator, after agreement with the related government and country-code manager of the related-label.

Registration of labels violating the POA (e.g.: names related to human rights abuses and to organic agriculture principles violation such as ‘gmo.bio’, ‘fertilizers.bio’ or ‘pesticides.bio’) are prohibited.

.BIO Anti Abuse Policy & Trademark Claims

The goal of the Anti-Abuse Policy (“AAP”) is to limit significant harm to internet users, to enable Starting Dot or accredited registrars to investigate and to take action in case of malicious use of domain names and to deter registrants from engaging in illegal or fraudulent use of domain names.

Please click here to download .BIO Anti Abuse & Trademark Claim Policy Statement.