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eCOGRA One of Three Testing Agencies to Secure Romanian Licensing

eCOGRA One of Three Testing Agencies to Secure Romanian Licensing

Independent third party testing and monitoring firm awarded Class II licenses for certification and auditing activities by regulator

London 8 June 2016 - The Romanian regulator Oficiul Național pentru Jocuri de Noroc (ONJN) has awarded Class II licences allowing the independent international compliance specialist eCOGRA to audit and test online gambling operators and software providers seeking Romanian licensing.

The award positions eCOGRA among the first testing agencies to have satisfied the tough requirements of the regulator in terms of capacity, experience, financial standing and management.

Andrew Beveridge, CEO of eCOGRA, says that the company is committed to supporting its clients in each of the jurisdictions where they choose to offer their products, and there has been strong interest in the Romanian market and its regulatory compliance requirements from operators and software providers.

"Although the effort to fulfil the ONJN's requirements for Certifier and Auditor approval was significant, we were comfortably able to achieve this based on our independence, financial standing and the depth and experience of our professional staff and resources," he said. "We are looking forward to working with both new and existing clients and the Romanian regulator in this exciting new licensing jurisdiction".

The Romanian online gambling regulations have been framed after extensive consideration and consultation with successful European regulatory bodies, and are designed to be both practical and protective in a consumer sense. This is backed by an energetic enforcement infrastructure that is being deployed against illegal operators trying to access the Romanian market.

The professional experience and credibility of testing and auditing agencies who work with ONJN to ensure that operators and software providers are compliant is a critical element within the national regulatory framework, and agencies must meet stringent criteria for acceptance.

About eCOGRA:

Founded thirteen years ago to establish and improve operational standards and player safety requirements in the remote gambling space, eCOGRA has amassed a wealth of experience in implementing international best practice standards and requirements and ensuring these are maintained through regular review and monitoring.

eCOGRA is staffed by professional auditors with Big 4 auditing firm experience, information system experts, game testers and responsible gambling specialists, and acts as a regulatory audit partner to many of the largest multi-jurisdictional operators in the online gambling industry, including bet365, 888, bwin.party, BetVictor, Unibet, Betclic, Interwetten, 32Red, Betway, Casino Rewards Group, Penningautomatförening (Paf), Fortune Lounge and bet-at-home.

The company is an accredited testing agency with several jurisdictions, and has been awarded the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) ISO approval ISO/IEC 17025:2005 : General Requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, for the United Kingdom and Denmark.

This accreditation is one of the quality assurance requirements for approval as a testing agency in various European remote gambling licensing jurisdictions.


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