eCOGRA changes qualifications for certification

eCommerce and Online Gambling Regulation and Assurance (eCOGRA) has changed how its "Play It Safe" seal is awarded to online gambling sites. The changes mean that dozens more online casino and poker room operators can qualify for affiliation with the organization.

The most important change is that software providers of operators interested in certification will not have to be members of eCOGRA for the operators to qualify.

However, inspections and monitoring levels will still be just as stringent in order for the online gambling site to display the "Play It Safe" seal.

"We've experienced an enormous amount of interest from operators who aren't using our existing members' software, which was previously a pre-requisite to obtaining a seal," said Andrew Beveridge, eCOGRA CEO.

He continued saying, "The new arrangements will allow all operators to apply for an eCOGRA seal of approval at a time when it is vital the industry demonstrates responsibility for player protection and improved operational standards."

Opening up eCOGRA to these operators gives many more operators with solid reputations and proven track records the opportunity to obtain an independent and respected third party assurance to their players.

All operators will still be subject to the same detailed on-site testing procedures required to ensure they comply with eCOGRA's Generally Accepted Practices. The seal will only be awarded if the site is in full compliance.

Becoming approved by eCOGRA will also allow online poker and casino operators to use some of their many services including its Fair Gaming Advocate dispute resolution service.

According to eCOGRA, it is more critical than ever for operators to practically demonstrate to legislators and other stakeholders throughout the world that the online gambling industry is both prepared and committed to act in the best interests of its customers.

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