Spanish Gambling Regulator Approves eCOGRA as a Testing Agency
After being accepted as a full testing agency by the Italian regulator AAMS, the independent player protection and standards body eCOGRA issued an announcement this week, reporting of a similar achievement.
Namely, this time it has been approved by the new Spanish gambling regulator to test and certify both i-gaming software and information systems security for the Spanish market.
According to eCOGRA chief executive officer, Andrew Beveridge, "It appears that a harmonised EU regulatory environment is unlikely to be achieved in the near future, and operators, software suppliers and testing agencies are currently faced with a formidable challenge in meeting the different jurisdictions’ compliance requirements.
In this environment eCOGRA is very conscious of the need to fulfil our clients’ expectations and the associated audit risks, and we are continually developing our auditing approach to ensure that operator and software supplier clients realise benefits that include:
* A streamlined and efficient audit process ensuring reduced delays in licensing in new jurisdictions and minimal disruptions to the rollout of new products and system changes;
* Reduced testing through a single audit of common regulations across multiple jurisdictions, with possible and consequential annual cost benefits;
* Compliance work performed by professional and industry experienced auditors with a thorough understanding of the operational and regulatory environments;
* Comfort that a familiar testing agency with a proven reputation for integrity and competence is performing the testing work; and
* Competitive testing agency fees."
This agency tests, reviews and monitors platforms, games, online casino, bingo, mobile and poker networks and sports books to best practice standards that meet international regulatory requirements.
In the case of the Spanish regulator, the Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego, it seems to care a lot about the comprehensiveness and professionalism of testing, naming the two criteria as major conditions for a stage one Spanish license. It also specified that all applicants will have to submit their games and platform to testing by an approved agency.
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