Independent player protection and casino standards organization eCOGRA has been approved by the Spanish Gambling Regulator as a tester for both software and information systems within Spain.
eCOGRA, which was founded in 2003 has become an industry leader in auditing and testing online casino operations. It independently monitors the activities of nearly 200 tier one gambling operators. It is now approved by the Spanish Gambling Regulator to oversee software within the Spanish market.
Speaking about the approval, eCOGRA CEO Andrew Beveridge said:
"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."