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eCOGRA Secures Major Danish Regulatory Compliance Contract

eCOGRA Secures Major Danish Regulatory Compliance Contract

Danske Spil A/S awards multi-year inspection and testing responsibilities to independent audit company

London 13 June 2016 - The independent regulatory compliance testing and standards company eCOGRA has scored a major coup in the online gambling auditing and advisory sector following the award of a four-year contract by Denmark's largest gambling group, Danske Spil A/S.

The contract includes the provision of certification services for the Danish company's subsidiaries and relevant software providers following ongoing quarterly and annual audits by eCOGRA's professional staff to ensure that the Danish Gambling Authority's strict regulations and requirements are met at all times.

European Union procurement procedural rules were meticulously followed by the parties prior to the signing of a Framework Agreement in accordance with Public Procurement Directive (2004/18/EC).

The agreement tasks eCOGRA with the responsibility for fixed quarterly and annual certifications and other ad hoc certification services as required regarding new games, changes to business and gambling functions and other matters concerning Danske Spil A/S and its subsidiaries Danske Licens Spil A/S and Danske Lotteri Spil A/S.

These companies are licensed to offer online casino, online and land-based betting and lottery games in Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. eCOGRA will be responsible for testing, inspection and the issue of certificates applicable to platforms and games of the subsidiaries and third party software platform providers along with their relevant sub-contractors.

Shaun McCallaghan, co-Chief Operating Officer at eCOGRA, observed that the Danish Gambling Authority certification regime is widely recognised as one of the best and most comprehensive in the industry.

"eCOGRA currently provides certification services to a third of the online licensees in Denmark, as well as numerous software providers and sub-contractors, and the opportunity to extend our work following a highly competitive tender process to an organisation of this calibre in such an effective regulatory jurisdiction is a privilege," he said.

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.

About Danske Spil:

Danske Spil A/S was founded in 1948. The state owns 80 percent of the company, with the remainder of the balance split equally between the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark, and the Danish Gymnastics and Sports Associations.

On January 1st 2012, Denmark was one of the first countries in Europe to partially liberate its gambling market, opening up to betting and online casino companies which now compete in the Danish market. Lotteries are provided by Danske Lotteri Spil A/S.

The licences are conditional on strict compliance with all requirements and regulations.


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