The eCOGRA Certified Software accreditation is based on an assessment of the following areas:
- Internal management controls over the software development environment;
- Internal controls over the IT Security environment;
- Functionality of the software and supporting back office application;
- The control environment and integrity of the Poker network structure; and
- An assessment of the randomness or fairness of the games.
Once a software provider has applied for the Certified Software Seal, an agreement between the operator and eCOGRA will be signed. The certification process is as follows:
- In order to ensure that the development, implementation, maintenance and security of the software is representative of industry best practice standards, we will conduct an annual on-site factual finding review to substantiate compliance with the relevant eGAP Standards applicable to software providers;
- The review findings will be documented in detailed Investigative Compliance Reports;
- Areas of non-compliance will be reported to operator management, and where reasonably possible eCOGRA will assist in rectifying these areas;
- eCOGRA’s Seals Compliance Committee will consider the findings relevant to the eGAP Standards in the Investigative Compliance Reports and once all areas of non-compliance are rectified, confirm that the software provider complies with the eGAP Standards and award the eCOGRA Certified Software Seal; and
- The software provider submits to ongoing annual compliance reviews to maintain the Seal.
The initial review is performed at a time mutually convenient to the software provider and eCOGRA, and will take place on-site at the location of the development operations. Follow-up review work and advisory services will be provided remotely.