London, 13 April 2012 - The independent testing and standards company eCOGRA has successfully completed a rigorous assessment by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service to achieve an extension to its International Organisation for Standardisation ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation.
The extension enables the company to include the Danish Gambling Authority’s Technical Standards and Change Management Programme to its area of professional expertise.
"The practical application of this extended accreditation is that, along with other criteria required by the strict Danish regulator, we are now qualified to perform certification work and provide guidance to online gambling companies in the Danish market, and those seeking licenses to operate," said eCOGRA CEO Andrew Beveridge this week.
The extension qualifies eCOGRA to operate in all five Danish certification categories:
- Gambling functions;
- Business functions;
- Preventative measures to counter money laundering of proceeds and financing of terrorism;
- Vulnerability and penetration testing; and
- Change management
Beveridge says that there has been significant interest in eCOGRA's capabilities in regulatory compliance, and he is confident that his company's professional teams of auditors and IT specialists will be engaged to perform certification work for almost a third of Danish-licensed operators.
"Since 2003 we have accrued a considerable fund of experience and knowledge, having conducted literally hundreds of technical and financial inspections, reviews and assessments for many of the leading operators in the internet gambling industry," Beveridge said. "This has generated more business for us as the regulatory scene in Europe especially has evolved and expanded."
eCOGRA (www.ecogra.org) is staffed by professional auditors with Big 4 auditing firm experience, information system experts and responsible gambling specialists. The organisation is a leading supplier of compliance and advisory services in the areas of international standards, regulatory compliance, player protection, fair gaming and responsible operator behaviour to stakeholders in the remote gambling industry.
The London-based company was the subject of a recent management buy-out, and in the past year it has been awarded testing agency approvals in Italy, Malta and Spain, in addition to various other long standing regulatory jurisdictions, in order to ensure the company is able to service its client base of over 50 operators and software suppliers as they enter newly regulated European markets.