Online gambling testing and certification services extended to Latin American markets
London 8 July 2019 - Colombia's online gambling regulator, Coljuegos, has approved eCOGRA as an independent testing laboratory. This follows recent approval from the Buenos Aires Provincial Institute of Lottery and Casinos (IPLyC), enabling eCOGRA to also test and certify online platforms and games in this market.
Commenting on these approvals, eCOGRA chief executive Shaun McCallaghan said that it was the end product of close liaison and hard work by his staff and the licensing authorities, achieved after a stringent review of the eCOGRA systems and professional capabilities by Coljuegos and the IPLyC.
"Latin America is increasingly becoming an important strategic market to our clients as more countries in this region move to regulate and European markets start to mature," he said.
"eCOGRA currently employs almost 100 highly qualified and fully trained employees who are focused on the online gambling compliance requirements of its clients. We continue to seek accreditation in licensing jurisdictions that are important to our clients to ensure that they are properly reviewed and appropriately certified in their target markets."
eCOGRA clients include many of the industry's leading software suppliers and operators such as bet365, 888, GVC, BetVictor, Kindred (Unibet), Danske Spil, 32Red, Betway, Casino Rewards Group, Penningautomatförening (Paf), SBTech, Scientific Games, NetEnt, Microgaming, Relax Gaming, Quickspin, Croatian Lotteries, Fortune Lounge, Betsson and High5Games.
Founded 2003 to establish and improve operational standards and player safety requirements 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.
eCOGRA acts as a regulatory audit partner to over 100 multi-jurisdictional operators, software providers and other relevant service providers in the online gambling industry. The independent testing laboratory is staffed by a team of professional auditors with Big 4 auditing firm experience, information security experts, test engineers and responsible gambling specialists.
eCOGRA is the only online gambling testing laboratory authorised to offer operators and service providers accredited ISO/IEC 27001 certifications for ISMS and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services. The company is an approved testing laboratory with several online gambling jurisdictions.
The company has been awarded the United Kingdom Accreditation Service's (UKAS) ISO accreditation ISO/IEC 17025:2017: General Requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories for Great Britain, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland. The company has also been awarded accreditation for ISO/IEC 17020:2012: Requirements for the competence of bodies performing inspection and for the impartiality and consistency of their inspection activities for Sweden and Switzerland.
eCOGRA holds ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 accreditation which is a prerequisite for carrying out third-party ISO/IEC 27001 audits and accredited certifications of Information Security Management Systems (ISMS).
For more information about eCOGRA's testing and certification services, please visit www.ecogra.org.