London 19 September 2014 - The independent online gambling regulatory adviser and testing agency eCOGRA, an organisation accredited by twelve different European regulatory jurisdictions, has announced the latest updates to its self-regulatory requirements.
The changes have been made as part of a programme that routinely reviews and renews the company's eGAP Requirements to ensure they are in line with international best practice at all times.
Chief Executive Andrew Beveridge said this week that eCOGRA continues to refine and improve its self-regulation requirements in order to provide ongoing assurance that its seal holders behave responsibly, players are protected and games are fair.
The changes focus primarily on consumer protection and information security, and comprise:
Jeanne Ferreira, Regulatory Compliance and eGAP Manager at eCOGRA said : "Demand for the eCOGRA Safe and Fair seal continues to grow, complementing the introduction of mandatory technical standards and other compliance requirements from national licensing jurisdictions.
- Industry-relevant information security provisions as outlined in ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and;
- The European Commission's published recommendation for the common protection of consumers of online gambling services in the EU, along with the European Parliament's approved draft legislation for a Fourth European Union Anti-Money Laundering Directive.
"The latest amendments to the eGAP Requirements provide confidence that eCOGRA's requirements are keeping pace with international developments, and remain relevant in a rapidly evolving industry".
eCOGRA currently accredits and closely monitors over 200 tier one online gambling sites owned by many of the world's most established and successful operators, including Fortune Lounge, Casino Rewards, Unibet, bwin.party, 32Red, 888, Betway, Betclic Everest and Paf.
Founded in 2003 to set and improve operational standards and player safety in the online 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.
Over 200 of the most established and successful internet gambling websites are accredited and policed by the independent, London-based company, which is staffed by professional auditors with Big 4 auditing firm experience, information system experts and responsible gambling specialists.
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.
This accreditation is one of the quality assurance requirements for approval as a testing agency in various European online gambling licensing jurisdictions.