|The online gambling industry's independent player protection and standards authority, ECOGRA, (eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and|
Assurance) has offered to lend its regulatory experience to the UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
With the UK government considering the way forward on regulation of the online gambling industry, the experience of eCOGRA puts it in a unique position to advise on all areas of player protection and fair gaming - as well as on the processes required to effectively monitor and certify sites.
Now entering its fourth year, the standards authority awards its own 'seal of approval' to over 100 tier one gambling sites. These sites have undergone extensive inspections by independent, world renowned auditors. Once approved, sites must continue to adhere to the organisation's eGAP or eCOGRA Generally Accepted Practices, or risk losing the seal – this ensures continued protection for players.
Andrew Beveridge, CEO of eCOGRA said, 'It is in the best interests of the industry, which provides employment and revenues worldwide, that it is recognised and regulated by national laws and we want to continue to offer our support for what the UK is doing in this area. The leading sites that bear our seal are presently able to demonstrate that they offer responsible gambling to the many millions who play online every day.'