eCOGRA Receives Authorization in Spain


11/09/2011
By Maria McCoyGoogle

 

The e-Commerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance organization (eCOGRA), an independent standards and testing body based out of London, recently received authorization from the Spanish Gambling Authority to conduct certification and testing of online gaming operators who wish to receive licensing to operate in Spain.  This good news comes after eCOGRA received similar accreditation from Italy’s AAMS (The Independent Administration of State Monopolies).

Before an affiliate can begin operating an online casino in Spain, they need to receive stage one licensing.  This initial stage entails the thorough inspection of all gaming and platform systems by an accredited testing organization such as eCOGRA.  After such an inspection has been passed, a provisional operation license is given that allows for a temporary four-month stint during which the operational systems and facilities can be properly inspected.  If the operator passes the second stage of inspection they can then receive full license to operate an online casino in Spain.

In light of the liberalization of Spanish gaming laws, many applicants are expected to seek licensing in the coming months.  eCOGRA is lucky to have received accreditation at such a crucial time.  At the press conference announcing the recent accreditation, eCOGRA CEO Andrew Beveridge praised the recent steps taken by the Spanish government to liberalize the gaming market.  He added, however, that despite the positive developments in Spain, the trend of individual regulatory requirements in so many European Union member states makes it difficult for the certification and testing agencies to efficiently and properly perform their work.

Beveridge did add, however, that despite the challenges heaped upon them by the various governments and their respective regulatory agencies, eCOGRA will continue to do all in their power to provide a reliable and trustworthy service to ensure safe gaming.


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