Published on: 2020-11-06


Danske Spil awards inspection and testing contract to eCOGRA

London 6 November 2020 – The accredited testing agency eCOGRA has been awarded a multi-year contract for the provision of testing and certification services to Denmark’s largest gambling group, Danske Spil. The highly sought-after certification service agreement has been granted to eCOGRA following a thorough tender process in which several online gambling testing agencies participated.

Shaun McCallaghan, Chief Executive Officer of eCOGRA noted that the tenders were dealt with professionally and in accordance with European Union procurement procedural rules.

“As a service- and quality- orientated organisation in the online gambling industry, we are particularly proud that eCOGRA’s calibre of staff and quality of work have been recognised as surpassing other competing testing agencies. We are extremely pleased to continue our professional relationship and association with Danske Spil as its regulatory audit partner,” McCallaghan said.

Philip Badstue, Chief Information Security Officer for Danske Spil, said that the tenders were individually appraised based on price, quality and team criteria.

“The successive award of the new contract to eCOGRA after an evaluation process is a testament to the in-depth knowledge that eCOGRA has of the industry, and they have shown a comprehensive knowledge of the Danish Certification Programme and the business needs of Danske Spil. We would like to thank eCOGRA for participating in the procurement procedure and we look forward to the cooperation,” he said.

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.


Founded in 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 200 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 organisation 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. It also holds ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 accreditation, which is a prerequisite for carrying out third-party ISO/IEC 27001 audits and accredited certifications of ISMS, together with UKAS accreditations for ISO/IEC 17020:2012 and ISO/IEC 17065:2012.

For more information about eCOGRA’s testing and certification services, please visit